Organic Turmeric

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130 days to maturity 16-20 plants per pound Curcuma longa

Turmeric will ship in March, as weather allows.

Grow turmeric in the warmest, sunniest refuge of your backyard, even in a container, even in short seasons!

The tender, baby turmeric you’ll harvest is unlike anything you’ll ever find in a store, both delicious and deeply medicinal. We love fresh baby turmeric in tea, miso soup and pickled turmeric disappears even faster than pickled ginger in our home! Turmeric’s wide, tropical leaves unfurl like banana leaves and cannas, unapologetically exquisite. One of our longest moments with a tree frog was under a turmeric leaf and if you’ve ever been served a meal on banana leaves, this is another way to enjoy your homegrown turmeric leaves, too.

Like growing ginger, growing your own turmeric is both fun and far from foolproof. Season extension, nutrients and supplemental warmth make all the difference! You’ll find step-by-step video tutorials in our free online course Grow Your Own Ginger & Turmeric to surround you with abundance.

Turmeric and ginger both focus on growing gorgeous leaves for several months before developing their delectable rhizomes. Ginger begins rhizome growth after four months and turmeric is closer to six, which is all to say: abundant nutrients, additional warmth and season extension you can offer your turmeric will surround you with that much more abundance. And don’t be daunted: if we can grow turmeric, you can, too!

Two of the most common mistakes is not starting turmeric early enough and not feeding them enough. Turmeric and ginger are likely the hungriest plant in your garden! A heat mat makes all the difference for quick & vigorous growth; our organic ginger & turmeric fertilizer is an ideal blend to nourish abundant rhizome development.

You’ll receive certified organic turmeric rhizomes ready to sprout, fresh from our friend’s farm in Hawaii. We find large ‘hands’ of turmeric are more prone to breaking in the mail. Before shipping (especially for our half and one pound size offerings), we often cut large hands into 1” to 3” seed pieces with at least 1 strong growth bud/eye. As turmeric sprouts, more growth buds emerge on each piece. The circular center of turmeric we also share, budding abundantly even when no growth eyes are apparent at planting.

One half-pound of turmeric “seed” grows an average of 8 to 10 plants.

Turmeric does not ship to Canada or outside the lower 48.

Size Price Quantity# Availability
Half Pound $27 In stock
1 pound $46 In stock

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How to Grow Organic Turmeric: Just a Taste!

Like ginger, growing turmeric is remarkably fun though far from foolproof and Friends, we’re here to help all season long. Our free online course Grow Your Own Ginger & Turmeric offers even more insight on how to amplify your turmeric abundance. Enjoy!

Prepare: Rhizomes for planting are trimmed into pieces sized 1-3 inches with at least 1 strong growth bud/eye. As turmeric sprouts, more growth buds will emerge on each piece. The circular center of turmeric we also share, budding abundantly even when no growth eyes are apparent at planting. Make sure you procure rhizomes from an organic source so they haven’t been sprayed with compounds that may inhibit them from sprouting.

Sprout: At least 4 weeks before last frost, plant inside, barely submerged in soil in a tray. You can plant earlier if you have great grow-lights or excellent southern sun exposure. If you’re receiving rhizomes in the mail, plant turmeric as soon as you receive it (and if you need to store it any amount of time, store it in a warm place, not in the fridge!). Heat mats make all the difference by raising soil temperature about 15 degrees above ambient room temperature, sustaining turmeric’s optimal growth in tropical warmth. Without a heat mat, your turmeric may take months to sprout. During sprouting, water ever so slightly – err on the side of too dry rather than too wet.

Transplant: Once soil is at least 55 degrees F, transplant. It’s great to use hoops and row cover to increase warmth if you have them. 

Plant care: Side dress and “hill” your turmeric 2-3 times across the growing season. To maximize rhizome growth, make sure you use an abundance of even fertility (in other words, not too high in nitrogen) like our Organic Ginger & Turmeric Fertilizer Blend.

Harvest: Lift plants as late as you can and at least 4 months after transplanting. You can harvest the rhizomes as late as just *after* first frost. Keep in mind that turmeric and ginger both focus on growing gorgeous leaves for several months before developing their delectable rhizomes. Ginger begins rhizome growth after four months and turmeric is often closer to six, which is all to say: any nutrients, additional warmth and any season extension you can offer your turmeric will surround you with that much more abundance. And don’t be daunted: if we can grow turmeric, you can, too!

Storage: Leave soil on and put fresh rhizomes in a closed plastic bag in the fridge to store for about ~1 month. Or, wash them and put them in a closed plastic bag with a moist paper towel in the fridge to store for ~2 weeks. You can freeze it in a plastic bag and grate it all winter long.

Learn more: Visit our free online course, Grow Your Own Ginger & Turmeric, for more insight on how to amplify your ginger abundance. Enjoy!

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