When to Plant Ginger in Sydney

The most important thing to remember when planting ginger is that the soil should have warmed up enough to promote growth in the rhizomes. 

Even though it’s a tropical plant, ginger can be grown in Sydney as long as it’s planted at the right time and harvested before the cooler weather sets in.

When is the best time to plant ginger in Sydney?

As Sydney has relatively mild temperatures, ginger can be planted in early spring. You can grow it either outdoors in the ground or in a pot.

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Another popular way to grow ginger is in polystyrene boxes that you can get from a greengrocer.

The most important thing to remember when planting ginger is that the soil should have warmed up enough to promote growth in the rhizomes. 

Starting your ginger early

If you have a garage or a warm spot inside, you can start your ginger early before the soil has started to warm up.

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To do this, fill a seedling tray with potting mix and place your ginger rhizomes in this.

This should encourage the rhizomes to start sprouting in around 6 to 7 weeks.

How to plant your ginger outside

Once the soil has warmed up in spring, you can plant your rhizomes out into the soil. Make sure you select a spot that has well-drained soil and receives morning sun and afternoon shade.

Divide each rhizome up into smaller pieces. Make sure that each piece has around 1 to 2 eyes or sprouts. 

Plant the rhizomes with the sprouts facing upwards and make sure these are still visible once you put the rhizomes into the soil. You don’t want to bury your ginger too deep at this stage. 

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Much like planting bearded irises, you want the top of the rhizome to just be visible.

Individual rhizomes should be planted around 20cm apart. 

Ensure that you provide your plants with plenty of moisture but also make sure that the soil never remains soggy.

How to grow your ginger in a polystyrene box

Growing your ginger in a polystyrene box is a great idea because this creates a nice temperature-controlled environment that insulates the soil.

Here’s how to create a wicking bed for growing ginger using a polystyrene box and a piece of drainage pipe.

Place a thin layer (5cm) of gravel into the base of the box. Cover this with a piece of shade cloth that you’ve cut to fit neatly inside the box.

In one corner of the box, insert the piece of drainage pipe. This will be used to provide plenty of moisture for your ginger plants as they’re growing. 

Make sure that the bottom open end of the drainage pipe sits on the gravel by peeling back the shade cloth to allow this.

Fill the box with a premium potting mix. The mix should be at least 50cm deep.

In the side of the box, make sure to cut a drainage hole that is positioned just above the level of the gravel. This will act as an overflow so that the soil can drain freely.

Plant your rhizomes into the mix making sure that you can just see the top of each rhizome above the mix.

For the first few weeks, water the soil with a hose or watering can. Once the rhizomes have grown roots, you can just water the plants by filling the drainage pipe section.

This will keep the water in the gravel layer and the plant roots can access what they need. It also ensures that the roots aren’t constantly sitting in water which can cause root rot.

When to harvest your ginger

Ginger roots should be ready to harvest in around 6 to 8 months from planting. The best time to harvest is in autumn once the leaves have turned yellow or died. 

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.


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