Anyone grow turmeric?

writersblockJuly 16, 2013

I noticed that our Publix has a huge basket of turmeric root pieces right now. Has anyone tried growing turmeric? How does it do?

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TheTradition(9b)

Here's a blog post from someone in SW Florida (zone 9b) who is growing it successfully.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing Turmeric in Florida

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 4:11PM
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writersblock

Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 5:43PM
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whgille(FL 9b)

Hi Writersblock

I grow turmeric in various parts of the garden, it grows like ginger, likes shade and can be divided to make more plants, the flower is really pretty, blooms around August in my area. Here is a picture from last year.

Silvia

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 6:17PM
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katkin_gw

The turmeric looks like curcumas. And has a pretty flower to boot.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 6:39PM
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writersblock

That is beautiful, Silvia. I've seen the plant before, but not when it's blooming. Katkin, do you grow it?

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 6:51PM
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katkin_gw

No Writersblock I don't, but I am thinking about it now. I got a ginger root at Nelson's Farmers Market and it's growing good now. I have lots of curcumas growing and other gingers.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 6:58PM
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writersblock

Well, FWIW I'm in Jensen Beach and I saw the roots at the Publix on Jensen Beach Blvd, if that helps any.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 8:10PM
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katkin_gw

Thanks Writers, I'll try to get over that way, but I'll check my Publix closer to me first.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 5:01AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

Cool seeing that flower - reminds me of the flowers of hidden ginger. I have some turmeric growing in my yard & now I'm hoping it will bloom - it's been growing for a year now.

I bought the tubers @ Whole Foods in Tampa

This post was edited by carolb_w_fl on Wed, Jul 17, 13 at 8:22

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 8:21AM
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m5allen

I got some turmeric root at a health food store and am interested in growing it. I chopped up some root last night and made a tea out of it like I do with ginger, it was really good. Do you just bury the root under the soil and keep it moist? I am wondering if I should try to root my turmeric like I root figs - in a plastic bag with moist sphagnum moss?

Does anyone harvest the root and consume it? What is the process for doing that and still keeping some of the parent plant alive and growing?

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 9:47AM
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whgille(FL 9b)

In my experience, it is very easy to root just like the gingers. I just put it on the soil when it is warm. You can harvest and save some for later, they will multiply.

Silvia

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 5:06PM
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bdot_z9_ca

Has anyone in California gtowm turmeric? I am zone 9b supposedly, here in northern California. It looks to be tropical, but i get hard freezes here. I am wondering if i should try it in a deep container in case i need to bring it indoors?

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 12:18AM
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katkin_gw

bdot, I think you would need to ask that on the Ca forum. They could answer it better, but I would think it could be container grown.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 5:36AM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

Turmeric is Curcuma longa which is reportedly root hardy to zone 7b despite a lot of misinformation out there saying it is purely tropical.
Here is a link to one of the best articles I've read on planting turmeric.

Here is a link that might be useful: growing turmeric

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 1:28PM
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pnbrown

A friend of mine grows it in 7a, of course she overwinters the roots in the greenhouse.

I'm keen to try it here in central fla.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 2:18PM
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