Turmeric or Curcuma Longa, also called yellow root, is very healthy and is fully on-trend. We give you five tips to make the cultivation of turmeric possible in a pot. Turmeric has recently experienced a real surge in attention. Who can blame the yellow root (as turmeric is also called) already, after all, it is extremely healthy.
The plant, presumably from Southeast Asia, also grows in our latitudes and even in the pot! Turmeric is easy and easy to grow yourself. Under the right conditions, the yellow root can even bloom and becomes pretty ornamental.
The tropical turmeric (Curcuma longa) is said to have many medicinal effects. And also in the kitchen, the golden rhizome of the plant is convincing. However, it is rarely obtained really fresh and so it is worthwhile to grow it in your own four walls.
1. Allow the interface to dry for several days before planting
If you have found a turmeric root, for example in an Asia shop, then it’s time to pot. This should preferably be done in early spring between February and March. Depending on the size, you can share the rhizome. However, it is important for success that you let the interfaces dry for a few days before potting. This prevents bacteria and fungi from playing easily.
2. The right conditions for turmeric
Under optimal conditions, turmeric even begins to bloom. What is there to consider? Choose a large enough pot. The earth should be loose and permeable and the pH should be between 6 and 7. Ideal suitable is a permeable herb soil. Then you can place the rhizome of the turmeric at a depth of about 1.9 in.
After potting until harvesting, turmeric must be watered regularly. But you don’t get waterlogging at all. The right lighting conditions are, of course, just as crucial. Turmeric likes it half-shady. So place them on a bright window with no direct midday sun. The semi-shade becomes particularly important when you bring the plant outside in the hot summer months. The most important thing, however, is warmth.
3. Turmeric – Heat Lovers
Turmeric comes from the tropics and is in need of warmth. Temperatures should therefore never fall below 59 °F, even in winter. Therefore, place the pot with the tuber in a warm place at the window from the beginning. In the summer months, the plant can also stand outside – but only if the temperatures do not drop below 59 °F during the nights.
4. Cutting the inflorescences for a long flowering
Once the turmeric has formed flowers, an inflorescence can bloom for up to three weeks before it withers. Shortly after flowering, cut back the old inflorescence, so you have the chance to form new flowers. After the last flowers wither, the watering can be slowly reduced, because the plant will now gradually begin to retreat and die above ground.
5. Store the turmeric in the sand over the winter
After about nine months, i.e. in autumn, the turmeric can be harvested. The root should have increased significantly compared to spring. The question now is whether the whole thing was a one-off attempt or whether you liked it. If the former is the case, you can of course eat the rhizome completely.
However, if you want to continue cultivation next year, it is best to harvest most of the roots and leave some large pieces for new planting. These should be stored nicely dry in the sand until potting in spring. Of course, the sand should still have residual moisture to protect the root from drying out.