A Guide of Growing Turmeric at Your Home
Posted by nwnikkie on June 16, 2011
Turmeric is a useful perennial plant that is an integral ingredient of curry powder. By growing vegetables, you know that curry powder gives a yummy taste and beautiful yellow color to a number of delicious foods such as chicken curry, chicken soup, mustard paste, curry sauces etc.
It is commonly used in the foods of south Asian countries not because of a reason that it is native of South Asia but also due to its first class taste which enriches the flavor of food. Its usage is not limited to kitchen as it is also used in the manufacture of some ailments and also as a yellow color dye for the fabrics in the textile sector. It has a property of relieving the different pains therefore it is termed as a natural pain killer. In India it is also recognized with the name of Indian Saffron though it has not any relation with the saffron.
Now you get a short introduction of turmeric, the next step is to inform you about the growth requirements of this plant. You can easily grow this plant at your home but it will be possible only when you fully consider some basic requirements related to its growth.
- For the rapid and effective growth of Turmeric the soil of your garden must be enriched with organic minerals and material that make the growth of this plant speedy.
- Second thing that is essential for almost all plant is light condition. Select that place for the growth of your plant which is exposed more to sunlight. The shady place is not suitable for the implantation of turmeric as this plant needs maximum exposure of sunlight.
- Maintain the regular supply of water for the plant but it does not mean that you spray too much water on the plant. Over water may decay the root of this plant so be careful.
- You can add extra nutrition to the soil by using the different kind of fertilizers.
After you consider all these basic things then you can move a head with growing the turmeric. First you need to buy fresh and plump rhizomes with 2 – 3 buds per seed piece. After that you need to place them in the germinating tray till the time when its shoots start emerging and this normally happens after 3 weeks. Now expose the seedling of turmeric to the gradual sunlight. Once you done with it then you need to implant the seedling in the plot that you prepared for this plant’s growth. Maintain an adequate space between rows when you implant seedlings. Incase you want to use the containers then can implant one seedling in one container.
Once you planted the turmeric in your garden, you should have to protect these plants from the insects, red spider mite, aphids that usually attack this plant. You can create a protective shield for this plant by using the insecticidal soap; just spray this soap onto your plant and after two minutes wash them. In order to avoid the fungal infection of turmeric you can go for fungicide.
You are able to harvest the rhizomes after 9-10 months when the stems of plant are drying up and when it turns to yellow color. Harvest it by digging carefully, add it into your food and enjoy a tasty meal. Details on Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) at wikipedia .
Great Turmenic Website here.