One of my absolute favorite medicinal herbs, I put turmeric on a medicinal pedestal, as it has an amazing myriad of health benefits, many of which are still being discovered today. As a Chinese medical practitioner, turmeric is on the top 10 list of favorite herbs, and in my belief, everyone should be ingesting turmeric everyday!
The research on this herb is astounding, from its ability to reduce inflammation, its ability to curb heartburn and indigestion, delay diabetes, help prevent heart attacks, help fight cancer, protects the brain, improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients and more!
This is an absolutely amazing herb, and if you want to learn more about its health benefits, read here.
How To Grow Turmeric At Home
Now that we know how amazing turmeric is, is it even possible to grow this herb at home, in a container garden? Yes.
It’s possible and it has been done before, so why not you? Grow this amazing spice and herbal medicinal in your home to use as often and as frequently as possible. This is the Spice of Life and everyone should be growing this herb with great abundance.
Where Did the Seeds Go?
Turmeric is a perennial herb and re-shoots every spring. It’s known as a rhizome, which is similar to a root. The plant doesn’t make seeds, so planting the rhizome will be the only way you’ll be able to grow more turmeric. And it’s not very difficult, either.
Step 1: Get some Organic Turmeric Rhizomes. You can buy a turmeric rhizome here. Most garden stores will not sell and rhizomes, so buying online will be your best bet.
Your turmeric will be growing under the soil as an underground tuber and may take up to 10 months for a new crop to develop its roots. So, be patient!
Once you get a few rhizomes, all you have to do is plant them! Larger rhizomes will have branching fingers coming off of it, and you can separate them off and start several plants if you want.
Get a container that’s at least 12 inches across and just as deeps so the roots have room to grow. Place potting soil in the pot. Put the rhizomes under about 2 inches of loose potting soil. If there are any knobs or buds on the root, turn them so they are facing UP. If you are growing more than one, plant each seedling about 12 to 16 inches apart.
Light: Turmeric will grow best with sun and shade. Make sure they don’t sit in the direct sun all day long.
Water: In growing months, water quite frequently to keep the soil moist. In winter months, they won’t need as much water. Do not let your turmeric sit in water.
Fertilizer: You can fertilize your turmeric twice a month or even weekly.
As mentioned before, it will take up to 10 months before you are able to harvest your turmeric. You’ll see the plant that comes up turning yellow and start to dry out—this is when you’ll know it’s ready to harvest! Fun! After 6 months, you can start to check in on the rhizomes to see if they are large enough to your liking. They should be the size of ginger.
Dig out your plant and cut the rhizomes away from the stems. Wash the dirt away and then use as you like. If you want, start another harvest and wait ten more months for another round. Once you get going, you can have a crop ready to harvest year round, your very own turmeric farm in your own home. Congratulations, you just learned how to grow turmeric at home! It’s an amazing herb, one you should learn how to use in the kitchen on a regular basis. It’s worth the yellow stained counters.
Grinding Down The Roots
When you want to start cooking with them, boil the turmeric roots for about 45 minutes. Dry them for about 1 week and wear gloves to prevent yellowing your hands. Then you’ll want to peel the roots and grind them into the lovely spice that we all use and love.