How to Grow Turmeric – A Beginner’s Guide

turmeric plant growing in garden
Turmeric, which are known botanically as Curcuma longa, are a type of vegetable that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing turmeric as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Turmeric

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the turmeric seeds plant rhizome pieces directly outdoors in spring or in a container anytime. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when turmeric are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Turmeric the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing turmeric in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your turmeric grow. Generally, your soil should be well-drained and fertile, with added organic matter. Soil PH levels should be around 5.5 to 6.5.

plant rhizome pieces 2-4″ deep and 8-12″ apart. plant rhizome pieces 2-4″ deep and 8-12″ apart. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about 12-15″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

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How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Turmeric

The amount of sunlight is another key to a successful harvest. Too much sunlight will dry out your turmeric. Not enough sunlight will stunt your its growth or even kill it.

Ideally, your turmeric should be getting partial shade

How Much to Water Turmeric

As you’ve figured by now, a lot can have an impact on how well your turmeric do, and the amount of water is no different.

Ideally, the soil should be damp to touch; not soggy or bone dry. If the leaves on your turmeric begin to change colors or start to look droopy, you need to adjust how much water you’re giving it.

Unfortunately, if you give it too much or too little water, you can kill it, so it’s best to just keep an eye on it and water as needed.

How Long Does it Take Turmeric to Germinate and Grow?

Now the fun part begins and you get to watch your turmeric grow.

It takes approximately n/a to germinate, and a total of 8-10 months from seed to harvest.

When to Harvest Turmeric

The best time to harvest your turmeric is when the leaves begin to die back, usually in late fall or winter.

Turmeric can grow up to about 2-3′ tall.

What Can Turmeric Be Used For?

Food Use: great for flavoring curries, soups, and teas.

Flavor Profile: warm, earthy, and slightly bitter.

Can Turmeric Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you can plant 1 piece of rhizome per 12-14″ container. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your turmeric around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Turmeric Safe for Bees?

Yes, turmeric are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing turmeric is bee-friendly.

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