April 14, 2024

How to grow turmeric in pots

Many people would like to grow their own turmeric plants, but don’t know how to get started. 

It can be difficult to find information on how to grow turmeric plants, and when you do, the instructions are often complicated and hard to follow.

This guide provides simple, step-by-step instructions on how to grow a healthy turmeric plant in any pot. You will learn everything you need to know about growing this delicious herb, including the best time of year to plant, what type of soil is best, and how much water your plant needs.

Growing turmeric from root

Turmeric can be grown from a root cutting taken from an existing plant. This is the easiest way to propagate new turmeric plants.

1) Take a cutting from an existing healthy turmeric plant. The root should be about 2-3 inches long and have at least two or three buds. (1)

2) Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting.

3) Place the cutting in a pot with well-draining, loose soil. Water it well and keep the soil moist.

4) Place the pot in a warm, sunny location.

5) Roots will begin to form in 4-6 weeks. Once roots have formed, water your plant less frequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

6) Once the plant has established itself, you can begin to harvest the root. This usually takes 4-5 months.

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Growing turmeric in pots

Turmeric is a rhizome that grows horizontally underground. It can be grown in pots, but needs plenty of space for the rhizomes to spread.

1. Fill a pot that is at least 18 inches wide and deep with rich, well-drained soil. Mix in some organic matter, such as compost or manure, to help the turmeric roots grow.

2. Place the rhizome in the pot with the pointed end up. Space multiple rhizomes about 6 inches apart.

3. Cover the rhizomes with 2 to 3 inches of soil. Water the soil until it is evenly moist.

4. Place the pot in a location that receives full sun. Turmeric needs at least six hours of sun per day.

5. Water the turmeric plant when the soil begins to feel dry. Do not over water, as this can cause the rhizomes to rot.

6. Fertilize the turmeric plant every two to four weeks with a balanced fertilizer. Stop fertilizing in late summer to allow the plant to go dormant.

7. Dig up the turmeric rhizomes in the fall after the foliage dies back. Cut the rhizomes into 2 to 3 inch pieces and replant them for next year’s crop. Cure the rhizomes by laying them out in the sun for a week before storing them in a cool, dark place.

Turmeric cultivation

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a tropical plant that originates from Southeast Asia (2). It is a rhizome, meaning it grows from an underground stem, and is related to ginger.

The plant is grown for its fleshy roots, which are dried and ground into a powder that is used as a spice in many cuisines, including Indian and Chinese.

Turmeric prefers a warm climate and lots of moisture, making it ideal for cultivation in pots.

To grow turmeric in pots, start by purchasing a turmeric rhizome from a nursery or online retailer. Cut the rhizome into 2-3 inch pieces, making sure each piece has at least one bud.

Plant the pieces in a pot filled with moist, well-draining potting mix. Water the plants regularly, and fertilize them monthly with a balanced fertilizer.

Once the plants mature, they will produce flowers that turn into seed pods. Once the pods mature, they will split open, revealing the turmeric seeds.

Turmeric growing zone

Turmeric is a tropical plant that grows best in zones 8-10 (3). If you live in a colder climate, you can still grow turmeric indoors in a pot.

If you live in a colder climate and want to grow turmeric, you can still do so indoors in a pot. Make sure to place the pot in a sunny spot, and water the plant regularly.

Turmeric likes warm, moist conditions, so you may need to mist the leaves occasionally to keep them from drying out. With a little care, you can enjoy fresh turmeric year-round!

Turmeric growing season

The best time to plant turmeric is when the soil warms up in the spring.

If you are not able to plant turmeric in the spring, you can still grow it by planting it in the late summer or early fall.

What you need to grow turmeric

To grow turmeric, you will need:

  • A pot that is at least 12 inches wide and 12 inches deep
  • Turmeric rhizomes (roots)
  • Potting soil
  • Water

Turmeric growing time

Turmeric is a tropical plant that requires plenty of sunlight and a warm climate to grow. If you live in a warm climate, you can plant turmeric outdoors. If you live in a cooler climate, you can grow turmeric in pots indoors.

Turmeric plants can be started from seed, but it is easier to start them from rhizomes (pieces of the turmeric root). You can purchase turmeric rhizomes from a nursery or online.

Turmeric plants will take about eight months to mature and will produce turmeric rhizomes. Once the plant has flowered and produced fruit, the rhizomes will begin to form. When the leaves of the plant begin to yellow and die back, this is a sign that the rhizomes are ready to harvest.

Turmeric growing conditions

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a tropical plant that requires plenty of moisture and humidity to grow well.

It does best in full sun, but can tolerate some shade. The soil should be rich and well-draining, and amended with organic matter prior to planting. Turmeric is a rhizome, meaning it grows from an underground stem.

When planting turmeric, you will want to bury the rhizomes several inches deep.

Space the plants about a foot apart. Water well after planting and keep the soil moist until new growth appears.

Turmeric is a slow-growing plant and can take several months to flower.

The flowers are not particularly showy, but the plant does produce small, dark berries.

Once the plant is established, it will need little care other than regular watering.

Soil for turmeric

Turmeric plants do best in rich, moist soil. You can either mix organic compost into your potting soil before planting or fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every few weeks.

If you live in an area with heavy rains, make sure your pot has good drainage to prevent the roots from rotting.

Turmeric plant care

Turmeric is a tropical plant that likes moist, well-drained soil and high humidity. If you live in a dry climate, you can grow turmeric in pots and bring them indoors during the winter months.

1. Potting mix

Start with a well-drained potting mix. You can use a commercial potting mix or make your own by mixing equal parts of perlite, peat moss, and vermiculite.

2. Sunlight

Place your pot in a location that receives full sun for at least six hours per day.

3. Water

Water your turmeric plant when the top inch of soil is dry. Allow the water to drain completely before adding more.

4. Fertilizer

Fertilize your turmeric plant every two weeks with a balanced liquid fertilizer.

5. Soil pH

Turmeric likes slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5.

6. Rhizomes

After the plant has been growing for eight to 10 weeks, you can begin to harvest the rhizomes. Cut the leaves back to about 6 inches (15 cm) to encourage new growth. Use a sharp knife to digging around the roots and carefully lift the plant from the pot.

Turmeric harvesting time

Turmeric plants can be harvested any time after the leaves have died back and the bulbs have dried.

For fresh turmeric, harvest the roots when they are about 8-10 inches long. For dried turmeric, harvest the roots when they are 12-14 inches long.

The best time to harvest is in the morning, after the dew has dried but before the sun gets too hot.

To harvest, dig up the entire plant and shake off any excess dirt. Cut the roots into 2-3 inch pieces and allow them to air dry in a well-ventilated area for a few days.

After the roots have dried, they can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

If you want to use the turmeric roots fresh, they can be grated and used in a variety of dishes. Turmeric can also be dried and powdered to use as a spice in curries, soups, and other recipes.

How to store turmeric

Turmeric can be stored in the fridge or in a cool, dry place. If you store it in the fridge, make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or put it in a sealed container. This will help to keep the turmeric fresh and prevent it from drying out.

When stored properly, turmeric can last for several months. However, it is best to use it within a few weeks for the freshest flavor.

To use turmeric, simply remove it from storage and add it to your dish. You can also grate or chop the turmeric, depending on what you are making.

Turmeric water for plants

To make turmeric water for plants, you will need:

  • 1 cup of chopped fresh turmeric
  • 2 quarts of water
  • A large pot


1. Add the chopped turmeric to the water in the pot.

2. Bring the water to a boil.

3. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

4. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

5. Strain the turmeric water and use it to water your plants.

Turmeric water is a great way to give your plants a boost of nutrients. It is also said to help repel pests and diseases.

Benefits of growing turmeric indoors

Standard benefits of growing turmeric indoor:

1. You can grow turmeric indoors, so you don’t have to rely on buying it from the store.

2. Indoor turmeric plants are easy to take care of, so you don’t have to worry about them dying on you.

3. Turmeric is a great source of antioxidants, which can help boost your immune system.

4. Growing turmeric indoors can also help purify the air in your home.

These are only a few of the benefits that come with growing turmeric indoors. If you’re looking for a plant that is easy to take care of and that can provide you with plenty of benefits, then turmeric is a great choice.

Final Thoughts

Although turmeric is a tropical plant, it can be successfully grown in pots as long as you provide the right growing conditions. By following these simple tips, you can have your own thriving turmeric plant in no time.