How to Grow Your Own Turmeric

Turmeric has been hailed as a superfood, and for good reason. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that mean it can be used for cleaning wounds, and it has anti-inflammatory properties that make it great for people who have pain caused by arthritis. In fact, there are over 600 estimated preventative applications for turmeric as well as 175 different physiological benefits. For those who want to limit the pharmaceutical drugs they use, turmeric may be able to replace ibuprofen among others.

Grow Your Own Turmeric

To get easy access to fresh turmeric with all of its health benefits, consider growing it yourself indoors. It is so easy to start and maintain that anybody can do it. Like ginger, turmeric is started from root cuttings or rhizomes. That means all you need to begin is a fresh organic turmeric root. You can find it at most health food or Indian food stores.

Start by breaking the root into smaller pieces, making sure that each piece has 2 to 3 buds on it. Then, place them in a pot filled with high-quality organic soil that is moist without being wet. Bury them about 2 inches below the soil, placing the buds on the top. Turmeric prefers a pH range between 4.5 to 7.5, and likes its soil to stay moist.
Turmeric likes water.  Water it once every two days at the beginning. Be sure to have a pot that drains well. The soil of the turmeric plant  should be moist, but not too wet.

Photo: Turmeric in the pot. Credit to Flickr/Kate Fries

How to Harvest Turmeric

Turmeric takes between 6 to 10 months for the edible rhizomes to mature.  Harvesting is easy, just dig up the entire plant including the roots.

Cut the needed amount off a finger at the edge of the pot and then return the soil.
Turmeric is a perennial herb plant that re-shoots every spring; it will continue to produce roots.
Photo: Turmeric planted in the garden.
Featured Image: credit to Flickr/Howard Walfish

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