How To Grow Your Own Turmeric Plant
Written by: Kat Gal
If you want one superfood in your life, it has to be turmeric. It is beautiful, delicious and scientifically proven to be incredibly healing.
Did you know that you can actually grow turmeric yourself?
Why Grow A Turmeric Plant?
Turmeric is a superspice with many medicinal, preventative and therapeutic applications. It is known for its inflammation-fighting, antiseptic, antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Turmeric is not only beneficial to your health, but it is also delicious in curries, Asian-inspired dishes, baked goods, smoothies and golden milk.
You can find fresh turmeric in ethnic supermarkets and health food stores, yet it is much less common than its sister superspice, ginger. Growing it yourself is the best way to ensure fresh turmeric in your life. It is also cheaper and this small gardening practice can bring some more fun into your life.
Turmeric Plant Specifications
If you live in a U.S. zone 8 or higher, you should have no difficulty growing turmeric. If you live lower, it is still possible with a little extra work, especially if you grow it indoors.
Turmeric grows the best in pH 6 – 6.5 soil that’s moist and warm.
Where To Find A Turmeric Plant
You can find turmeric rhizomes, root-like structures in health food stores, ethnic supermarkets and at times in conventional grocery stores. You can also order them online.
How To Grow Turmeric
- Break a larger rhizome into smaller pieces with 2-3 buds at the most.
- Fill your pots with organic soil. Make sure it’s moist, but well-drained, not swimming in water.
- Put your turmeric rhizome two inches below the surface. Make sure the buds are facing up.
- Water the container regularly every 2 days with a spray bottle. Turmeric likes water, but make sure it’s not soggy.
Indoors Or Outdoors?
You can grow turmeric both indoors and outdoors. If you live in a cold climate, you can start growing them indoors and move them outside as summer approaches.
Turmeric Plant Care
Watering your turmeric is essential. Make sure your soil is moist, but not soggy by watering it every 2 days.
Turmeric loves sunlight, so make sure there is some light, artificial light works as well.
In 8-10 months, your turmeric should be ready to harvest. Turmeric is most commonly used for its roots, but its leaves and stems are also edible. You can harvest it all at once.
Growing your own turmeric can be a fun and worthwhile adventure. You should try it yourself so you can use your own turmeric for your delicious dishes, turmeric tea and golden milk.
Do you have your own indoor or outdoor garden? What foods are your growing? Have you ever tried growing turmeric? Share in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.
And remember, we’re in this together.
Kat Gál is a holistic health writer who helps health, wellness, and nutrition businesses to market their products and services through quality online content. She is also a freelance writing mentor teaching wanna-be-freelancers how to make a living writing at freelancewriterschool.com. Reach out if you are looking for amazing blog content at firstname.lastname@example.org or katgalwriter.com. Visit freelancewriterschool.com for freelance writing tips. Follow me on Instagram @freelancewriterschool and on Facebook at facebook.com/katgalwriter.
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