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May 13, 2020 5:45 PM CST
QLD
Hi, I'm in Queensland and my turmeric and ginger plants are starting to yellow and are ready for harvest. They are in pots. I want to save them for replanting and have tried to research this but am getting confused.

1) I was just planning to cut the leaves off to ground level, cover the pot and leave it for winter can I do this? I have to cover it up because we have a rat(s) or something that is digging up and eating my root crops.

2) Can I use a pot saucer to cover it? Or does it need air?

3) How often should i water it over winter?

4) If I leave them outside in pots, do I move the pot around to a sunny location?

5) I also have a huge container of sand, a bag of sphagnum moss and sugar cane mulch. If I want to put them in a box with this medium which one would you recommend? Do I mist the medium to keep it moist?

I really want to save my ginger and turmeric for next growing season so I appreciate all your help & advice. Thank you
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May 13, 2020 5:58 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 1
I grow both ginger and turmeric in containers in a cold climate (Minnesota), when the leaves start to yellow I put them in a cool dark spot in my basement, I water them both minimally during the winter, a little each month, bring them out in the spring and start the process all over.
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
Avatar for Talanoa
May 13, 2020 6:12 PM CST
QLD
Thank you Crawgarden - did you cut all the leaves off to the base before putting the pot in your basement?
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May 13, 2020 6:36 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 1
I did not, I just let them dry up in the container, cleaned them up in the spring.
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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May 13, 2020 6:39 PM CST
QLD
Thats great - I'll do the same too. Thank you so much Crawgarden - really appreciated you taking the time to help me.
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Jun 14, 2020 7:16 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 1
If you allow the turmeric to go fully dormant, they are very slow to pop up in the spring, mine came up in late may.
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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