How To Grow Turmeric In Your Home Garden? 6 Tips To Know
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Turmeric is most generally known for being a brilliant yellow spice powder used in curries. In addition, it has potent anti-inflammatory properties and is becoming increasingly popular as a herbal supplement. Curcuma longa, a plant native to warm climates, is a member of the same family as ginger, the Zingiberaceae. When grown from a rhizome, it's as easy as planting it in the spring after the last frost date, with the nodules pointing up, and harvesting it nine to ten months later.

Fresh turmeric is extremely vivid and tastes nearly nothing like powdered spice. It is deep and earthy, with a delicate sweetness and a pleasantly spicy flavour that is just somewhat reminiscent of the unidimensional, gritty turmeric spice powder.

Turmeric Planting Guide

Here's how you can grow turmeric in your home garden:

Optimum Planting Site

Choose a spot with loamy, well-draining soil that receives full sun or some shade. A garden site with early light and some afternoon shade is ideal in southern locations.

Efficient Spacing And Depth

Soak the rhizomes in tepid water for a whole day if they appear dry and shrivelled. Large rhizomes with lots of buds should be cut into 1- to 3-inch sections, with at least two or three buds on each piece. Plant the pieces 3 to 4 feet apart, with the buds pointing up, about 2 inches deep.

Proper Light

Turmeric grows best in full light when it's cold. It benefits from partial sun in warmer areas, particularly in the late afternoon. So make sure to give light to your plants according to your region.

Soil Quality And Sufficient Watering

Rich soil is best for turmeric. This can be accomplished by adding manure or compost. Also, the soil needs to drain properly.

Depending on the stage of growth, a plant has different water requirements. Turmeric does not take much water at this phase, and overwatering causes root rot, so water it sparingly after planting until the rhizomes develop. When it begins to develop, irrigate it frequently if there isn't enough rain to keep the soil continuously damp but not drenched.

Water-Soluble Fertiliser

Regular fertilisation is necessary for turmeric during the spring and summer growth seasons. Once a month, give it a full, balanced feeding of water-soluble fertiliser. Refer to the product label for directions on how much to use.


Dig up a few rhizomes gently in the autumn or early winter, once the leaves have begun to yellow and die. Every rhizome should be left in the ground in some amount; it will grow again the following spring.

Fresh turmeric that has been peeled can be stored in the fridge for many weeks in a plastic bag. Freeze or dry it and then grind it into a powder for longer storage.