Turmeric, Orange (Curcuma longa)

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Turmeric is a perennial herb plant in the Ginger family native to Asia but popularly cultivated in tropic regions around the world. Turmeric is commonly known as Indian Saffron, Curcumin, or Jian Huang. It is world renowned for the culinary and medicinal root it abundantly produces each summer. The fragrant spice was made famous for its use in regional and Indian cuisine and Auryveda.

Turmeric spreads via it's underground rhizome.  It goes dormant in the colder months and returns twice as large each spring. The root can be harvested throughout the summer and fall.  Large smooth and ribbed leaves are both ornamental and edible. Flowers are in bloom throughout the summer. Surprisingly easy and effortless to grow, Turmeric is well-suited for container gardening.  It is often grown as an annual in pots or in the ground.

Turmeric roots contain Curcumin, purportedly making it a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric may reduce joint inflammation, reduce blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease, prevent cancer, prevent Alzheimer's disease, and to combat aging and depression.

Plant Type:
Rhizomatous Perennial Herb

Harvest Season: 
Turmeric: Late Summer - early Winter or after 8-10 months of planting.

Mature Size: 
Turmeric: Up to about 3 ft. tall
Ginger: Up to 3 ft. tall
Lesser Galangal: Up to 6 ft. tall
Greater Galangal: Up to 10 ft. tall

Soil & Moisture: 
Loose, nutrient-rich, well-draining soil. Water in the Spring and Summer. Do not water when dormant.

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Self-Fertile:
Yes

Growth Rate:

Medium for Turmeric and Ginger: capable of harvest after 8-10 months.

Slow for Lesser Galangal: best after 2 years of growth.

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 8-11 (frost protection until established); Patio/Greenhouse 4+


Propagation:
Our Root Plants are grown from division and tissue culture and are capable of harvest within growing season. 

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