A sheltered spot with partial shade and well-drained soil is best. As it’s not cold or frost hardy, ginger will grow better indoors, whether that’s in a heated greenhouse or conservatory.
It can be grown in a container with sufficient drainage holes, planting each individual piece around 20cm apart and at least 5cm deep, with the ‘eye’ facing upwards. If you’ve got quite a few pieces to plant, aim for there to be 2 or 3 pieces in each large container. After planting, water the soil lightly and from then on water regularly to keep the soil moist – because wet, sodden soil can cause the root to rot. Feed the ginger with a balanced liquid plant food every 2 weeks through summer whilst it’s actively growing to give it the boost it needs.
The containers can be placed on a sunny patio through the summer months but it’s necessary to keep the container in your home or a heated greenhouse during the colder months to protect it from the chilly outdoors. Alternatively, if it’s planted out in the garden, apply a thick layer of mulch as protection when temperatures drop.
Once the stems have died down in autumn cut them off and the ginger rhizome can be harvested by digging it up. Ensure you leave a few ‘eyes’ on the root so it can continue to grow and supply the tasty spice.