Growing Turmeric/Specific questions...
I'm pleased to say that I found some fresh turmeric at the local Farmer's Mkt awhile back.. In talking with the woman who sold it to me, she referred me to a website.. Once there here was the info I was given...
"Cure the turmeric rhizomes on the kitchen counter for about a month (until the rhizomes) turn more orange at the tips. Break the rhizomes apart where they naturally attach to one another, not in the middle of a rhizome. You can use the chunky rhizome that is in the middle of all the other rhizomes as a seed pieces, too. Cure for another 3-5 days or until the severed edges are dried down. Plant each piece in at least a 5 gallon pot. The rhizomes will not grow much until February or March. Turmeric is day length sensitive. They may make roots and a small shoot in the meantime. Keep pots in an area that stays above 60F. Once shoots form they will need at least a half day of sun. Grow on for the season, 2014, and harvest turmeric late next fall. Water and feed well throughout the season."
It has now been 5-6 weeks into the "drying" of the rhizome, I have broken off the small fingers. There are lots!! After seeing how many I'm debating on starting the growing process now and am wondering what my options are. Can I store the rhizomes in the refrigerator for planting later, say in the spring? How deep do you plant the fingers when the time comes? Do you keep the soil wet/moist the entire time until something sprouts? Do you keep the pots (if I decide to plant now) in a cool shady spot in the house, or does it need to be in the sun?
As you can see I have lots of specific questions about the growing of this wonderful plant. I'm fully open to suggestions you might have. My main focus in this entire endeavor is to not kill the rhizome, wheather planting it now or later. Finding fresh Turmeric is very rare in this area..
Thanks in advance for any info you might have.. Also, see attached the current state the Turmeric is in.. I'm also wondering if I should break up the second rhizome if I want to grow later..