Turmeric, the super-spice with a wide array of health benefits, has been used for thousands of years not only for its distinctive taste but for its medicinal properties too. Turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties, and its main ingredient – curcumin – even has anticancer properties.
If you want a high-quality turmeric but don’t want to spend a lot of money, why not try growing it right at the comfort of your own home? It’s actually very easy to grow this healthy spice indoors, and if you follow our tips, you’ll be sure to reap excellent turmeric in no time.
Planting the Turmeric
Since turmeric doesn’t produce seeds, to grow it at home, all you need is one turmeric root with buds. To be sure you’re planting a good-quality turmeric, we recommend you buy one organic turmeric root and get organic soil.
- Cut the root with buds into 3-4 pieces;
- Fill one pot with lightly moist, well-drained soil;
- Place the roots about 2 inches below the surface of the soil so that the buds are facing up;
- Water lightly.
Growing the Turmeric Indoors
Now that you’ve planted the turmeric roots, all you have to do is water the soil and use fertilizer. If you live in a hot and dry climate, water the plant every other day, if not, every few days. In any case, the soil should always be moist but never soggy.
To help the plant grow faster, we recommend using organic fertilizer twice a month.
Know that growing turmeric takes time and patience. This plant takes 8-10 months to grow edible rhizomes. Of course, the leaves and stems will be there, however, the root is what most people go for, as this part of the plant contains most of the nutrients.
Once the rhizomes become large and mature enough, you can dig them up from the pot. Still, keep a few pieces so you can plant them next time.
Tip: if you want to prepare turmeric spice, the best way to do it is to wash the roots thoroughly, boil them for 45 minutes and then strain and leave them to dry in a hot place for 7 days. After a week has passed, grind the roots and you’re done!