YOU and growing Turmeric in YOUR Garden-even a container

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Turmeric is one of the easiest plants to grow.  The medicinal root is

extremely low-maintenance and produces ample yields which

should supply a typical household throughout the year.  Turmeric

is grown similar to ginger root; that is, it sprouts from an

underground tuber or rhizome and not from seeds.  It takes

around six to eight months for the plant to reach maturity and can

grow to three or more feet tall.  Turmeric thrives in warm and

humid conditions or around 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to

30 degrees Celsius).  While they can be grown under direct

sunlight, turmeric plants prefer fully shaded areas.


In order to get the best yield, it is essential that you make the

planting conditions ideal.  Unlike ginger, turmeric roots sprout in

all directions from its mother.  They are a little bit like weeks this

way.  As such, you would need to choose a pot that is both deep

and wide.  Expert gardeners typically recommend a size that is 12

inches wide and 12 inches deep.  This should accommodate one

turmeric finger that has a few buds.  The size of the container

should expand with each additional finger.  Similarly, you can try

sprouting your own rhizomes in smaller, separate containers and

then be transferring them into larger pots once they grow and begin

sprouting leaves.


Turmeric prefers lights and loamy soil that is rich in nutrients.  Pack

in containers with well-draining potting soil.  Regularly fertilize

plants with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer.  You may opt to use

compost as well.  For those who live in colder climates, remember

to add a top layer of mulch to preserve soil moisture.


Break a finger from the mother.  Choose a finger that has at least

two to three buds on its side.  Bury the finger about two inches

deep in a pot.  With buds facing up.


You will see shoots in around 4 weeks. you can begin harvesting

after six to eight weeks.

After all my research on turmeric, I believe it to be one of best

the nutritional food you can have in your protocol for prevention