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Zingiber officinale

Also known as

Common Ginger, Canton Ginger, East Indian Ginger, Ginger Root, Jamaica Ginger, Red Ginger, Stem Ginger, Garden Ginger

Partial Shade
Easy care
Frequent watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Ginger Overview

Zingiber officinale is a perennial plant with long strap-like leaves and a pungent edible rhizome, commonly known as Ginger. Growing your own is easy and rewarding. Once planted, Ginger only needs water and patience to mature into a delicious, spicy ingredient.

Common problems with Ginger

Treating seed with Bordeaux mixture prior to planting and solarizing the soil can help to reduce the incidence of the disease, Bacterial soft rot. Chinese rose beetles are attracted to dim light and repelled by bright light, shining a ​bright light on plants may help deter them from feeding.

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    How to harvest Ginger

    Rhizomes will be ready to harvest in autumn, approximately 8 months after planting. Harvest the rhizomes of the season's young shoots as the older rhizomes tend to be more fibrous. Allow the rhizomes to cure in the sun before storing them in a cool dry place.

    How to propagate Ginger


    Each piece of ginger requires 20 cm of space. Use larger pieces if you need to save space.


    Cut or break up the ginger rhizomes in little pieces with a couple of growing buds each. Plant rhizomes as soon as the nodules start to swell and sprout.


    Propagation is from fresh seeds.

    Special features of Ginger

    Crop rotation

    Medium Feeder

    Indoor plant

    Ginger makes an ideal houseplant.

    Other uses of Ginger

    Culinary, medicinal


    Ginger is used to treat various disorders such as nausea and arthritis pain.


    Ginger is delicious fresh, dried or pickled.