Interested in growing your own turmeric? This guide will tell you everything you need to know, from sun requirements to pests and troubleshooting notes.

Soil

What soil is good for Turmeric?

 Deep, well draining, sandy loam soil enriched with plenty of well rotted compost.

Position

How much sun does Turmeric need?

Partial sun to afternoon shade

Frost Tolerant

Is Turmeric frost tolerant?

No

Spacing

How much space does Turmeric need?

35cm apart

Planting

When should I plant Turmeric?

Turmeric is a warm season crop, best planted when soil temperatures reach roughly 20°C (68°F). Turmeric is best planted in spring once the danger of frost has passed.

Feeding

What do I feed Turmeric?

Not essential if the soil is prepared well, however if plants seem to be struggling than use a light application of organic fertiliser throughout the season.

Harvesting

When can I harvest Turmeric?

You can harvest young Turmeric at roughly 4-6 months after it has sprouted. At this time you will generally see small side shoots coming off the main plant, which is an indication that new rhizomes have formed. Harvest by gently moving the soil away from around the plant to expose the rhizomes and break off small pieces as needed.

Mature Turmeric is usually harvested when the plant begins to die back in late autumn or winter, at least 10 months after planting. Ensure that your Turmeric has been harvested before the first frost. 

Pests

What pests does Turmeric get?

 Aphids, Slug, Snail, Root Knot Nematodes, Burrowing Nematodes, Chinese Rose Beetle 

Diseases

What diseases does Turmeric get?

Bacterial Wilt, Rhizome Rot, Alligator Skin, Dry Rot

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Turmeric?

Tall plants may need protection from strong winds to prevent them from snapping.

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