Curcuma leaves/blooms - Knowledgebase Question

Orlando, Fl
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Question by sfehringer
July 9, 2010
several of my curcuma leaves are yellowing and they are not yet blooming. Do they need more/less water? how often to ferlilize? more patience?

Answer from NGA
July 9, 2010
Curcuma is a member of the ginger family and has similar growing requirements: morning sun and afternoon shade, moist soil, and fertilizer in the early spring. The leaves are generally dark green. If yours are yellowing it can mean a need for protection from hot afternoon sunshine, a need for nutrients, or a little less water. If exposure is sun is right, try feeding with a general purpose 10-10-10 or use a foliar food such as Miracle Gro. While curcuma likes moist soil, it should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. When the top half inch of soil feels dry to the touch, it's time to water. Best wishes with your plant!

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