Turmeric Plants - Profile,growing conditions, seeds, plants and tubers for sale
Turmeric is related to the gingers and is grown to use either fresh or dried in cooking. Curcuma longa is from South East Asia, Curcuma domestica is from India.
The plant itself will reach around 1m in height and many gardeners grow turmeric purely for the wonderful pure white flowers.
Growing turmeric is not difficult, a humus rich well drained moist soil in part shade, full shade will encourage leaf growth but will decrease the growth of tubers. In cooler climates we suggest growing turmeric in pots or containers and giving it some protection from the winter cold, use a greenhouse or warm sunny patio area.
Usually seen as a tropical or sub tropical plant it can be grown in cooler climates as a perennial. Usually turmeric is grown for the roots or tubers, however the wide green leaves are also used in Malaysian cooking, either as wraps to stem food in or finely cut and used in curries.
As the foliage dies back Turmeric is ready to harvest. The whole clump can be lifted and tubers divided, some for culinary use some for replanting. Some gardeners will dig away at the side of the clump to obtain a little fresh turmeric at other times of the year.
Turmeric also has very pretty white flowers, and could be grown a a garden plant for these alone.