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Camille starts with ...
Hi,

I live in Northeast Victoria and would love to grow galangal and ginger but am unsure whether they could take the weather. Has anyone had success growing them in Victoria?

Thanks,

Camille
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29th September 2013 9:22am
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Diego says...
You might try growing in pots Camille where you can move them around for maximum warmth (maybe inside). I only grow a little bit in SEQ but even here they are sensitive to temperature.
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Diego says...
These posts from the gardenate.com forum might be of interest to you Camille:
21 Apr 13, jayn (Australia - temperate climate)
I grow edible ginger, two varieties, in Stanthorpe. I established them from sprouting ginger bought at the shops in two old concrete laundry troughs filled with compost and sand. The troughs are set close to the alls of the house which is built from granite with huge thermal mass and storing heat from the combustion stove inside and the sun during the day in winter. I also have a few plants out in the reed bed seepage along with bananas which occasionally set fruit. It's all about niche planting. I can grow almost anything tropical in a place that it's supposed to be impossible.
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25 Apr 13, Steve (Australia - temperate climate)
Just wondering where your are, I'm in the Riverland SA and I have been growing ginger with a bit of success, however during summer 12-13 I had high temps and my ginger suffered, I lost all but one tuber, I'm wondering how you go through winter, I want to keep mine going through winter and leave it until this time next year, do I put it in a pot in as much sun as possible
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28 Feb 13, Jess (Australia - temperate climate)
Is 'old ginger'the bit of ginger left in the soil the longest or do i dig up some 'young ginger' and wait for it to mature?
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08 Feb 12, Kerry (Australia - tropical climate)
Just wandering what i can plant on my balcony (in pots) herbs spices i already have 5 spice, basil, mint.... In the tropics
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14 Nov 11, Altone (Australia - temperate climate)
Ginger in Temperate Australia. Although not truly suited to temperate areas ginger and Galangal can be grown. I've had a small bed of both for 3 years which produces a small crop for the kitchen each year. I grow in sandy well drained soil and the bed is surrounded on 3 sides (fence/shed) - northern aspect open. I suspect this and the deep mulching I give it over winter helps it survive the frosts. Go on , give it a go.
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Anonymous says...
Hi Diego,

Thanks so much for replying and copying me the posts from the gardenate.com forum. I found it really interesting to read that someone had temperatures that were too high - i hadn't considered that that would be a problem.
i think you're idea of pots might be the way i go. although i'd love to be able to set up a bed in a protected position that could grow enough for me to use in cooking - i have a spot against a north facing wall that might be worth trialling in the longer term.

Camille
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Anonymous says...
Camille, ginger is warm temperate to sub tropical in common commercial types but there are tropical varieties.Galangal is tropical.It is not so much heat they struggle with but low humidity.
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trikus says...
I have seen galangal growing well in sub-tropical Qld , Maryborough .
Was unaware that there is 2 types of galangale .. prefered red one and a more wild white type . This is in reference to new flush of the rhizhome ..
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Anonymous says...
hi Anonymous and trikus, thanks for the extra info. i actually haven't had space to work out what i'll do/start yet so i haven't got any trials to report on so far.

camille
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mick777 says...
I've struggles with Galangal here in Sydney but this year its gone nuts. The foliage is enormous and I'll let it grow undisturbed until that changes before I dig one up to see if there is anything under the ground as well.
Don't give up on this one. I was about to but glad I persevered. Hoping my ginger does half as well.
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