Turmeric is an easy plant to grow indoors, and it needs little sunlight snd not too much care.
Turmeric will add to the exotic feel of your room and radiate an aesthetic charm. If you live in hot climates, you can grow turmeric outdoors.
INTRODUCTION TO THE TURMERIC ROOT PLANT
Unlike a lot of herbs that you grow for the leaves, you grow turmeric for its roots. The plant grows an underground tuber, or rhizome—much like ginger root
. This plant does not produce seeds, so planting the rhizome is the way to go. It takes 6 to 8 months from planting to harvest.
A full grown turmeric plant will grow to 3+feet tall. Turmeric thrives best in warm, humid climates, with well-drained, neutral soil. It thrives in a climate of between 65oF and 85oF, so in cold countries growing the plant in a pot indoors is the best thing to do.
How To Choose Your Turmeric Rhizomes
You can purchase fresh turmeric rhizome from your local organic health food store or farmer’s market. If you don’t find it at either places, the next best place is to get them from your local ethnic grocery stores (Indian or Asian stores). Select plump rhizomes with as many bumps (buds) along the sides as possible.
The Perfect Pot Size For Your Turmeric Plant
Turmeric root requires a huge, deep pot to flourish and grow. A 12 inch wide and 12 inch deep pot could fit a piece of turmeric finger. You want to ensure that turmeric is able to grow and spread itself out. Rhizomes can start off sprouting in small pots and then be transplanted to a bigger pot when leaves have grown.
Type Of Soil For Growing Your Turmeric
Turmeric should be planted in a loamy and light soil that can be easily drained, with organic matters in it. Fertilize the pot every month with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer. Compost and mulch can help to preserve the moisture in soil in colder climates.
HOW TO GROW YOUR TURMERIC RHIZOME IN A POT
- Break the finger rhizomes off its mother, each piece with at least two or three buds.
- Fill your pot with the rich soil.
- Bury your pieces of rhizomes about two inches below the soil surface, with the buds facing up.
- Place the pot in a spot that stays reasonably warm and doesn’t get too much bright sunlight.
- Keep the soil moist, especially if the air in your room tends to be dry, using a spray bottle to mist it, or water it lightly.
HOW AND WHEN TO HARVEST YOUR TURMERIC
Turmeric takes about 4 weeks before you see a shoot breaking the soil.
In 6-8 months you can harvest he turmeric root.
When the plant starts to turn yellow and the leaves begin to dry out, you will know that it is ready to dig up your turmeric.
You can remove the dried leaves daily and it won’t harm the plant.
Once ready to harvest, extract some of the plant and leave some root fingers in the ground to grow to keep your turmeric supply going.
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