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.
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 –
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.