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Grow Your Own Turmeric from the Grocery Store

By Bubbles
May 4, 2012

If you've ever eaten East Indian food, you've probably tasted turmeric, the bright yellow, pungent spice. It's usually found in powdered form, but it can also be eaten freshly sliced from the root. Would you believe that you can grow it yourself from tubers that are found in most international markets? If that doesn't catch your attention, you can also grow these same tubers/rhizomes into lovely blooming gingers for your summer garden before you harvest the roots in fall for turmeric.

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Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia (Zone 7a)
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Lance
May 7, 2012 7:32 AM CST
Sounds like an interesting plant to grow and edible to make it even more enticing. Dr. Weil lists all sorts of benefits, so I am sure it has some beneficial properties. And it tastes good.
In the article you say if you are in zone 7b (which is my zone) or warmer, plant it in January. Do you mean in the ground or a pot inside and then replant in the ground in late spring? Is it similar in hardiness to cannas, gladiolus amaryllis and similar? I have been able to overwinter all of those with some mulching.
Thanks for the informative article.
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Bubbles
May 7, 2012 8:08 AM CST
You can plant it in the ground as long as it's not frozen. If you're not sure of the weather, you may want to plant in a pot and then move to the garden in Feb. or March. The reason for planting it in January is the plant dies back in about 10 months. So in fall, the top turns brown and it's the signal to dig up the rhizomes. if you can grow cannas, you can grow turmeric.
And thanks for reading it, Lance!
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia (Zone 7a)
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May 7, 2012 8:31 AM CST
Thanks, sounds like a fun plant to try on my long list of gardening.
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