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Ginger & Turmeric
Turmeric Grow Bag - USDA Certified Organic
Photo taken at Windcrest Farm
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Get Started on Your Turmeric Growing Adventure with our Turmeric Kit
Two USDA Certified Organic Turmeric Seeds - sprouted and ready to plant!
One bag of Compost Complete for Ginger & Turmeric
7-Gallon Aeration Fabric Pot/Plant Grow Bag w/Handles (Black 12H x 13D)
Instructions on Growing Your Own Fresh Turmeric
Our turmeric seed rhizomes have been pre-sprouted (active growing points) in the greenhouse to lengthen the growing season and are ready for planting in the ground or in containers.
Turmeric is a rhizome that grows underground from a seed piece (sometimes called the "mother"). The seed rhizome looks similar to the mature turmeric you find in the grocery store however unlike the supermarket turmeric, the seed turmeric we use is certified disease-free and certified organic.
Turmeric is a tropical plant with a long growing season and the seed is pre-sprouted in the greenhouse early in the year to insure a harvest before the weather turn cold. The rhizome is generally harvested in late September through November in order to enjoy the fresh baby turmeric before it develops a thick skin.
Turmeric plants require warm soil, room to grow and plenty of fertilizer. Turmeric can be grown in the ground or in containers.
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
Do not plant outdoors until soil temperatures are at least 55 degrees F and the air temperature is warming into the 70’s.
Turmeric does not like any weed competition!
Turmeric requires three to four fertilizer applications during the growing season (see
Turmeric plants can grow 3 feet to 4 feet tall and the rhizome can spread up to one foot. Give in-ground plants plenty of room a use large containers or flexible grow bags for container grown plants.
Turmeric likes plenty of moisture but does not like wet feet. Make sure your soil, whether in the ground or in a container, is well-drained.
PLANTING IN THE GROUND:
Plant in rows or beds three feet apart
Dig a trench a minimum of 6 inches deep and mix fertilizers/compost in the bottom of the trench
Place pre-sprouted turmeric seed 5 inches apart in the trench
Cover with approximately 2 inches of soil
PLANTING IN CONTAINERS:
Use well-drained, soilless media in containers. We recommend using a good quality, low-salt cocopeat (also called "coir").
Use flexible grow bags or large pots to allow the rhizomes to grow up and out
To plant, fill the bag or pot, place turmeric seed and cover with approximately 2 inches of media.
Turmeric enjoys partial sun – strong morning sunlight and afternoon shade or dappled shade all day. Turmeric can be grown in full sun, but make sure the soil temperatures do not get above 90 degrees F in the summer.
Turmeric needs plenty of moisture, but does not like to sit in wet soil. Amend heavy clay soils to allow good drainage. Water plants enough to keep evenly moist without drying out.
Use a mild, balanced fertilizer (such as a 5-5-5 or 4-6-4 -
Compost Complete for Ginger & Turmeric
is perfect!) at planting time and 3 to 4 times during the growing season
Well-aged compost is beneficial, but do not add materials that are actively decomposing. Decomposing materials will use nutrients in the soil and may cause soil to heat up.
Apply fertilizer at a rate of 6 oz. per planting row foot.
Beginning in late September and/or with cooler weather, the turmeric tops will begin to die back. Harvest the rhizomes by loosening the soil approximately 12 inches from the base of the plant with a shovel or garden fork, then grasp the stems near the ground and pull the entire plant from the ground or container
Rhizomes left in the ground after the tops have died back will start to form a thick brown skin.
Harvest yields depend on fertility, water, hilling, competition with weeds, and temperatures. Harvests can range from 1/4 lb. to 4 lbs. per seed, depending on growing conditions.
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