How to Transplant Ginger Plants


Ginger plants are herbaceous perennials with stalks reaching 2 to 3 feet tall. Narrow, green leaves and yellow-green flowers grow in the spring. The flowers appear with purple tips and dense spikes. Ginger plants are tropical plants and thrive in temperate growing zones. Ginger is a commonly used spice. Fresh and dried ginger root is used to season food with a spicy heat. Ginger is used as a groundcover, fragrance and medicine.

Step 1

Work a garden fork under the ginger plants to loosen the rhizomes. Lift the plants and separate the individual plants.

Step 2

Remove grass, weeds and debris from the planting area located in partial or full shade. Loosen the soil to the depth of 8 inches with a shovel.

Step 3

Break the soil up with a garden hoe. Rake the soil level and smooth. Spread 1 inch of sand over the soil and 2 inches of well-rotted manure. Work these amendments into the soil to the depth of 8 inches.

Step 4

Dig a hole as deep and wide as the ginger roots with a hand trowel. Set the plant into the soil and firm the soil around the ginger plant.

Step 5

Plant the other ginger plants 15 inches apart. Sprinkle the area with water until the soil is wet.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant your ginger plants in a site with full sun. The ginger plant will suffer damage and the leaf tips will turn brown.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden fork
  • Shovel
  • Garden hoe
  • Rake
  • Sand
  • Manure
  • Hand trowel
  • Water


  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Ginger
  • University of Maryland Extension---Plants of the Month: Ginger
  • University of Rhode Island Fact Sheets: Growing, Harvesting & Using Culinary Herbs
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Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.