Turmeric is a tropical herb grown extensively in tropical and subtropical conditions. Turmeric seedlings grow luxuriantly in shades if not too dense but produce better results in open ground and under optimal humid conditions.
- It combines a clear stem with leafy top growth, making the plant distinctively better than the common ones on market.
- This product is particularly ideal where rhizome crops are required.
- Turmeric has large green leaves and grows 3 or more feet tall.
- As the plant matures each stem sends up a spike of greenish-white and occasionally pink flowers.
- Like ginger, turmeric thrives in warm, humid conditions and well-drained, neutral soil.
- Turmeric takes seven to 10 months from planting to harvest.
Caring for your turmeric seedlings
1. Keep things light and warm: Check on your pots every few days and once the sprouts start to emerge, move the pots to a windowsill or under a grow light. As the plants outgrow their plastic covers, remove them.
2. Water as needed: You will need to start watering your turmeric as needed; keep the soil moist, but not soggy, and mist the leaves once or twice a day with water to keep the humidity up. Allowing the soil to dry out at any point will reduce your final harvest.
3. Transplant to larger pots: When your plants are 6 to 8 inches tall, carefully transplant them into larger pots (either the final ones or an intermediate size) full of potting soil.
4. Move plants outside: Provide partial shade for the first few days to keep tender leaves from getting sunburned. Continue to water as needed during the summer and fall to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Feed your growing plants by watering them every couple of weeks with compost tea or applying a fertilizer recommended for potatoes or root crops.