Curcuma Care - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Zengarden75
January 15, 2011
Purchased Curcuma-laddawan
bulbs at a HD Dallas store
and wish to know planting
instruction (1)when (2)how deep (3)acid or alcaline soil
Shinobu Toyoda

Answer from NGA
January 15, 2011
Curcuma is a member of the ginger family. It is a tropical plant that features flowers that grow on short stalks amid lush, broad foliage. Curcumas go dormant in the late fall and don't come back until the spring. They multiply via creeping tuberous rhizomes, or horizontal stems, found underground that send out roots and shoots from nodes. If you start with a dormant rhizome, plant it during the winter or early spring.

Curcumas prefer growing in well-drained, organic soil in areas that receive only morning sun and afternoon shade. Compost, peatmoss, rice husks or coarse sand should be mixed into the soil to ensure good drainage. Space your Cucuma about a foot apart and give each plant plenty of space to grow. Dig a hole twice the size of the rhizome and set it in the ground. The rhizome should be only about two inches beneath the soil. After planting, water thoroughly to settle the soil and then check it everyday - the soil should be kept moist but not soggy wet. You can feed your plant in the spring by sprinkling a teaspoon of granular fertilizer over the soil beneath the plant. Use a 10-10-10 or 15-15-15 fertilizer. Best wishes with your new curcuma!

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