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Growing Ginger

Growing Ginger

Big Kahuna Blue Ring Ginger

Big Kahuna Blue Ring Ginger item #04472


Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a tender tropical perennial plant with narrow, medium-green leaves and unusual, cone-like flowers. Its rhizomatous roots used as a culinary herb. It is native to parts of Asia and requires a very mild (zone 8 or warmer) climate to be grown outdoors year-round. In cold climates, ginger can be grown as seasonal outdoor container plants and brought indoors in fall.

How To Plant

Use a well-drained potting soil and a large (14 inch diameter or larger) container. Larger containers are easier to maintain than smaller containers as plants mature. Plant as deeply as in the starter container when transplanting.

Ginger is a tropical plant that prefers warm, humid growing conditions. It needs a moist, well-drained soil and grows poorly in continually wet or heavy soils. It prefers in full sun to light shade, but tolerates growing in partial to full shade. When grown in shade, plants will grow slower and have reduced yield. Plants require more regular watering when grown in full sun.

Plants can be somewhat slow to establish, especially if temperatures are cooler than optimal.


Even in mild climates, ginger goes dormant for the winter. Plants will survive outdoors only in mild areas where the soil does not freeze. In marginal areas, mulching the soil around plants with 4 to 6 inches of organic material may help plants to survive over winter.

In cold areas, bring plants indoors before the temperatures begin to consistently fall below 55 to 60°F. Put plants in a cool, semi-sunny spot indoors, and reduce watering to allow the plants to go dormant. After the leaves yellow and begin to die back, they can be cut off and watering discontinued. Begin watering again in spring to stimulate new growth and begin fertilizing regularly once growth resumes. Return pots to the outdoors once temperatures consistently average 60 to 65°F.

Fertilizer Recommendations

While actively growing, fertilize Ginger every 2 weeks with a balanced fertilizer like ALGOplus All Purpose 6-6-6 liquid fertilizer

Common Problems

Ginger is generally free from pest and disease problems as long as culture is good and it is grown in well-drained soil.

Alternative Products

Turmeric is a related tropical herb grown for its rhizome.

Product Recommendations

Black Gold Earthworm Castings can be used to enrich the soil at planting.

Ginger Facts

Ginger has a long history of use as a medicinal herb.


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