How to Grow Turmeric at Home

I love turmeric root and use it all the time but a lot of people ask me what is turmeric root and how to grow turmeric at home.  Turmeric root comes from the plant Curcuma Longa, which is the Botanical name for turmeric.The plant struggles to make it to 3 feet in height and actually produces a flower (see pic) and a stem that is found underground. The stem is the root. Turmeric is part of the ginger family and both root systems are very similar. Of course turmeric has the beautiful golden yellow colour we all know from curries and in juices.

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The turmeric flower

I healed prostate cancer with the help of the turmeric root. I used it in my juices and smoothies, salads and stir fries. Of course there were other protocols I used but turmeric played a huge part in that healing. Cancer Research UK states that a recent study gave curcumin to 25 patients with pre cancerous changes in different organs. This study seemed to show that curcumin could stop the precancerous changes becoming cancer.

But lets get back now to how to grow turmeric at home. Turmeric goes back at least as far as 4,500 years ago and has been healing people long before any of us were born. Unlike most plants you wont be harvesting the leaves but the roots. So if you have the right conditions you can even grow it at home.

The plant actually grows an underground tuber, or rhizome much like ginger. It is a long process and can take up to up to 10 months for the roots to develop, and it’s not a plant that you can cut little pieces off here and there through the season. Check out a history of turmeric here.

Do I Just Plant the Seeds?

No. You don’t plant seeds to start your turmeric plants, you actually use the root itself as the seed. Turmeric doesn’t produce seeds for propagation. Now I know turmeric root can be hard to find in some places. If you have a farmer’s Market nearby or a health food store, check them out for turmeric. If you can buy the root you can use them for planting. Failing that try online. Don’t forget if you can’t get turmeric at all in your area use the Pura Thrive to help you heal.

Once you get your hands on the fresh rhizome (tuber) or root, all you need to do is plant it. Lets check out the process –

How to Grow Turmeric at Home

There are 3 things to consider when you want to know how to grow turmeric at home –

  1. Climate and soil

    How to grow turmeric at home – Number one consideration – Turmeric traditionally is grown in a tropical climate. The optimum temperature range is 20 to 30 degrees Celsius (68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.) If your climate gets below 18 celcius (65F) forget it! Sorry Melbourne and Tasmania! You also need 1,000 to 2,000 mm of rain per annum. It grows best with lots of sunlight but can also grow in the shade. Well drained loamy or alluvial soil is best. Clay, stony, gravel and sandy soils should be avoided.

  2. Planting and Cultivation

    How to grow turmeric at home – Number 2 consideration. The idea is to plant Turmeric in warm soil in the month of July. It will usually take till April to harvest. So it takes 9 to 10 months to produce a complete healthy plant.

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    Turmeric growing at home

    Turmeric plant can be easily grown in small gardens at home. As long as they have plenty of sun. This is the process for plantation-

    Choose small, healthy and disease free rhizomes. It is best if they have at least one or two buds.

    Make a small pit in the soil. You can also grow them in pots so one pit in each pot. Plant them 5-7cm deep in the soil.

    They can be planted 20 to 30 cm apart in your garden.

    Cover them in with the soil. Thats it!

    You can cover the soil with leaves to act as mulch if you like. This will help with nutrients and retaining moisture. If any weeds make an appearance just pull them out. *WATERING* – Watering should only be started after the first shoots which will take 30 to 40 days.

  3. Pests

    How to grow turmeric at home – Number 3 consideration. Turmeric attracts very few insects and disease. I support organic fruit and vegetables so I do not suggest any pesticides or herbicides. My advice is to cover in a plastic hot house where possible or just keep a close eye on your plant and remove any pest that you may see around. Its a hardy plant so try not to use any chemicals.

Harvest and Storage

Eventually the leaves will start to turn yellow and dry out. Don’t forget this is after 8 to 10 months of growing. That’s when your turmeric is ready to dig up. So all you do is dig up the plant and cut the root away from the stems. Wash the dirt away and bingo! Its ready to use. If you are really careful you can harvest just a few root pieces without having to dig up the entire plant.

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How to Use the Root

You now know how to grow turmeric at home! You now have your very own organic turmeric! Some people like to peel the root first. I don’t. I figure its organic so what the hell just use the whole thing! If you do want to peel the root

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Fresh turmeric root

wear gloves as the yellow can stain big time.

To store your turmeric just keep the roots in a dark cool area, or just freeze them. Yes you can freeze them. You can also keep them in an air tight container. They should still be in great shape for up to 6 months.

It’s not always practical to dry the turmeric out at home to use as a powder so just slice it or grate it to use in food, juices and smoothies.

So that is how to grow turmeric at home. There is now no excuse for you not to grow your own. And here is a confession. I am only just starting to grow mine. I will update this post in a few months with how it is going!
Disd you enjoy How to Grow Turmeric at Home? If so please share this with your friends and maybe start a community garden 🙂
And please leave a comment below! I love your feedback and questions!

The best thing to do is to learn how to grow turmeric at home. And as always if you need turmeric and can’t get your own try the Pura Thrive by clicking here. 

 

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28 comments

  1. When we grow tumeric after 9 months when we dig out it can not give real colour of tumeric it gives very light yellow colour.
    Then what can we do that it gives dark yellow colour.

    1. Hi Amandeep,

      Thats great that you are growing your own turmeric! Well done. As for the colour of it, is it a nice orange color inside? I don’t think it matters about the outside too much as long as the inside is a bright orange it should be fine and either way the turmeric will be beneficial health wise. It may also need one more month as I believe it is 10 months to grow. Hope this helps.

      Cheers, Kev

  2. I have heard a lot of good things about turmeric and just knowing that you have had success with it in healing your cancer is just awesome. I am a firm believer in alternative medicine and I am always on the lookout for herbs and plants that can give real health benefits. I regularly take natural supplements that I believe can prevent diseases and ailments and I think I just might add turmeric to my daily regimen. I prefer planting herbs on my own It is good to know that it is easy to plant turmeric at home. Thanks for this post.

    1. Thanks so much Kathy!

      I would definitely recommend adding turmeric. It is a great healer of many things. Yes alternatives to mainstream medicine are in my opinion the best way to go.
      For first aid hospitals and doctors are great but for healing give me turmeric over a pill anyday 🙂

      Cheers, Kev

  3. I did hear that Turmeric is a good to fight cancer, but I did not know where it is from or how to grow it. This is a good article and very informative. This makes me want to put turmeric on everything I eat and drink. Are there different kinds of turmeric?, I ask because I see different options in the market when I shop.Thank you for this post, it is very informative.

    1. Thank you Jonathan,

      You can get turmeric root, powder or supplements but they are all part of the root plant. Buy ones that are bioavailable, meaning they absorb into the blood, many don’t 🙂

      Cheers, Kev

  4. I’ve always been a fan of natural remedies and love nature so much. After all, all the medicine that we have today have majority natural ingredients! To be honest I haven’t heard of the turmeric plant before but it looks very beautiful! Do you know what other benefits or usages to turmeric other than cancer treatment?

    1. Hi Elias,

      So much healing in turmeric – anti inflammatory so great for any aches and pains, arthritis etc, helps alzheimers, diabetes, as a paste on your body heals cuts, wounds and abrasions and clears up your skin. A true super healer 🙂

      Give it a try,

      Kev

  5. Hi Kevin. This is an interesting post. I actually knew a lot about planting turmeric. How, you wonder? Because I like ginger and ginger is a relative of turmeric, and are actually simillar rhizomes.I wish I could get freshj turmeric root to plant where I live. Do you know, can I order it online?

    1. believe it or not Nikola you can order it online at ebay! Yes it is related to ginger and they look identical except for the colour.

      I just had my morning turmeric shot and feel amazing! Whoa that tastes good 🙂

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

  6. Hi,
    Another cancer food to add on to my dictionary list. Thanks for this! I lived in Singapore so I guess growing this plant shouldn’t be an issue as the annual temperature is around 28-30 plus degrees. 8-10 months seem reasonable for growing and I think I would try it when I have the time. Do they need any other special maintenance like fertilizers?
    Jacob

    1. Hi Jacob,

      They are very hardy so don’t attract to many pests or disease as long as you don’t over water them. Give it a try. I don’t like using fertilisers. I like pure organic.

      Yes Singapore would be ideal to grow it. It has so many healing powers and anti cancer is a big plus 🙂

      Thanks for your comment, Kev

  7. I used to take turmeric, but only because a friend had recommended it. I later stopped taking it. How long would you need to use turmeric, before any good health benefits would be expected to be seen? Also, is store bought turmeric powder just as good as home grown turmeric? And for a person in general good health, what would be the benefits of turmeric?

    1. Hi Jim,

      It doesn’t last too long in the system so if you take it daily for about a week you will see results. If buying the powder try and find organic if you can. Both the powder and root are good to use in juices or smoothies as long as you add the black pepper and oil. If you are in good health then take turmeric when you can so you stay in good health. Don’t wait to get sick before you start using it. Its an overall elixir, the benefits which are numerous 🙂

      Kev

  8. Thank you very much for reminding me about Curcuma or Turmeric. In my country, it calls just Curcuma. I actually had forgotten about it as my grandma used it very much, and she grew them in his garden. She and my mother used it as spices but also gave us when were diarrhea. After your article, I read another information about turmeric root and found that it is the really healthy vegetable. Need to check my grandma’s garden.

    1. Hi Andrejs,

      Glad it got you thinking about Curcuma again. yes its an amazing herb and has amazing healing properties.

      Haha yes go and check Grandma’s garden. You may well have a nice supply 🙂

      Thanks for your comment,

      Kev

  9. Fantastic article! I started using turmeric more and more when I started having joint pain from an unknown autoimmune issue. I actually take turmeric pills too. It really works for joint pain, which is probably caused by some type of inflammation. Since turmeric is an anti-inflammatory it actually works for other issues as well.

    I live in Florida so, although I have the warmth and enough sunlight, we have sandy soil here, so growing it would be a trying task. Thankfully there is an Asian farmer’s market that I go to that carries fresh turmeric!

    1. Hi Melani,

      Thanks for your comment. Yes it is a wonderful anti inflammatory. The farmers markets are great and most sell turmeric. Its great that you use it.

      I am trying to grow some in pots on the balcony. Wish me luck haha! Kev

  10. I love this site. I have read so much about tumeric for healing, especially when I suffered a frozen shoulder, and added it to my diet, along with other inflammatory foods. Now I can try to grow it in my garden, although I live in a subtropical location, I might give it a go, otherwise will have to keep buying it from the farmers market. Wish me luck 🙂

    1. Hi Di,

      Thanks so much for your comments! Appreciate your feedback. yes it is an amazing herb and growing it is the next step for me.

      Let me know how you go,

      Cheers, Kev

  11. I’m a turmeric lover too! I try to make golden milk every night before bed. I got turned onto this plant when I began studying Ayurveda about 15 years ago. In fact, if I had to choose just one herb to take for the rest of my life it would be turmeric. I’ve never considered growing my own until now, so thanks for sharing this. I usually just buy in at my local market, but I love the idea of being involved in growing my own medicine. thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Jackie,

      Yes I love it too. It really has helped me heal over my journey. growing it is the next step.

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      Kev

  12. Hi Kevin,

    I have a little corner in my house that I have allotted for potted “food” supplies – ginger, onion, and only garlic so far. I haven’t had any experience in growing turmeric but the thought of always buying it instead of having it on-hand made me realize to just grow it instead.

    8-10 months before harvesting it sounds like a long wait, LOL. I am afraid I will grow impatient with the harvest time, but I think I will still give it a try. I might start with 10 small pots to start with since I don’t know yet if I will be able to grow it successfully – might as well have room for error. 😀

    Can I freeze the remainders of my harvest to keep them fresh until I finish them?

    Thanks.

    Regards,
    Pitin

    1. Hi Pitin,

      Great that you are growing your own vegetables! Yes 8 to 10 months is a long time haha! I am waiting too 🙂

      yes you can freeze them. Good luck with it. let me know how it all goes 🙂

      Thanks for the comment, Kev

  13. This article is great, I actually don’t know much about turmeric of its uses but I absolutely love herbal everything. Sadly, I live in upstate NY and its way too cold up here for most plants to survive, our own garden at home struggles but we manage to produce tomatoes, onions, peppers, peppermint, and arugula 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Gulsah!

      Turmeric really is a magical healing herb. Yes may be a bit cold where you are but great that you have a little vege garden 🙂 Definitely give turmeric a try. Its great in a juice,

      Cheers, Kev

    1. Yes it heals so well and being able to grow it at home is like having a medicine cabinet in the garden haha!
      Thanks for your support Joy 🙂

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