Turmeric

Growing Guide

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Where to plant

Full sun/partial shade

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Sow depth

5-7cm

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Space between seeds / seedlings

30-45cm

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Row space

15-30cm

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Size of pot needed (width / depth)

100-150cm2

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Seedling Sow Depth

5-7cm

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Germination (days)

20

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Maturity (days)

196-300

How to Grow

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From seed

Cut your rhizomes into sections, with two or three buds on each section.

Fill 3-inch pots halfway with good potting soil.

Lay the rhizome sections flat on the soil, and cover with more potting soil.

Water well and slip the pots into clear plastic bags.

From seedling

Keep the soil moist and water regularly.

If the weather goes below 12C, bring your turmeric plant indoors.

If planted in the ground, be careful when you dig up the rhizomes.

Fertilize once a month with an all-purpose fertilizer.

In a pot

Choose a large enough pot as the turmeric plant can get quite big! The pot should be at least 12 inches deep and 12-18 inches wide.

Plant only 1-2 rhizomes in one pot.

You should consider planting the rhizomes in spring or summer, once temperatures have reached at least 12C.

Break a large rhizome into several pieces.

Each piece should have at least 2-3 buds.

Fill a pot (or, if planting directly into the ground follow the same procedures) with organic, moist soil that is well-drained.

Place the rhizome pieces 2 inches below the soil surface with the buds facing up.

Water the pot thoroughly.

In warmer zones, keep your turmeric plant in partial sun, while in cooler zones, keep it in full sun.

From Plant

Keep the soil moist and water regularly.

If the weather goes below 12C, bring your turmeric plant indoors.

If planted in the ground, be careful when you dig up the rhizomes.

Fertilize once a month with an all-purpose fertilizer.

Ready to harvest

Your turmeric rhizomes should be ready for harvest in 8-9 months.

You'll know it's ready once the leaves become yellow and the stems start to dry.

Simply dig up the entire plant, careful not to break the roots.

Whatever you don't use, you can simply plant back.

Collect seed

Dig up turmeric roots from end-of-season plants or purchase roots from a grocery store or market.

Avoid choosing roots that are moldy, shriveled, or rotten.

Collect turmeric from the ground at the end of the growing season when the leaves turn yellow.

Wash dirt off the rhizome.

When to Grow

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Zone 1 - Cool

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Zone 2 - Temperate

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Zone 3 - Subtropical

February , March , November , December

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Tips for Care

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Turmeric likes the sun but is a little sensitive to scorching.

It will grow well in full sun to partial shade but will benefit from some afternoon shade in the hottest climates (when over 90 degrees).
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Keep the soil moist and water regularly.

If the weather goes below 12C, bring your turmeric plant indoors.

If planted in the ground, be careful when you dig up the rhizomes.

Fertilize once a month with an all-purpose fertilizer.

Pests & Problems


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