Turmeric grows well only in moist, hot climates. You can probably grow turmeric successfully outdoors if you live in the Sun Belt region as long you plant it where it will receive the most direct heat from the sun. If you live in a less hospitable environment, you can grow turmeric in a greenhouse although they may not achieve the same stature as the plants grown outdoors in hot, humid climates.
Growing turmeric can be as simple as purchasing the fresh roots. You may be able to purchase fresh roots from a local Asian market. If not, turmeric plants can be ordered online or from some local nurseries. If you’ll be using fresh turmeric roots, select ones that have fat fingers since you’ll be planting the fingers in the soil to start your turmeric plant.
The rhizomes are usually harvested eight to ten months after planting when the leaves and stems of the plant become dry. To do this, carefully dig out the plants after removing the leaves. Lift out the turmeric clumps and manually remove the dirt. They can then be soaked in water to remove any additional soiling and dried naturally. The clumps should be stored in a cool place without excess moisture. Stored clumps can be replanted in the spring.
Growing turmeric can be a great way to enjoy the considerable health benefits this herb offers. Plus, you’ll have the pleasure of knowing you cultivated it yourself.