How To Grow Turmeric

h2. Grow your own turmeric Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a member of the ginger family and is best known for the bright orange fleshed aromatic rhizomes that are used as a key spice in Indian curries. Turmeric has also received a fair amount of publicity over recent times, with claims that it could reduce the risk of cancer, has anti inflammatory properties, benefit cardiovascular health, improve blood sugar levels and and may assist in reducing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric contains high levels of cucurmin, which is thought to be responsible for many of the potential health benefits. Whether you’re interested in the health aspects of turmeric or just love a good curry, you can try growing some turmeric at home. Turmeric is a herbabceous perennial ‘herb’ that resembles ginger above ground, with long elongated leaves and beautiful white and pale pink flower spikes. The edible rhizomes develop under the soil. *Growing Tips:* * Turmeric needs lots of warmth and moisture, so you’ll need to live in warm temperate to tropical areas of Australia (or have your own toasty hot house) to be successful. * Turmeric rhizomes are available through mail order or specialist nurseries and are planted when then weather warms up in early to mid spring. * Turmeric plants will grow from spring to late autumn and take around 9 months to mature. When the foliage starts to yellow or droop the entire clump of roots can be carefully dug up and separated. * Use some in the kitchen and re-plant a few pieces in spring to create next year’s crop. Alternatively, in warm areas just a few rhizomes can be carefully dug up and the rest of the plant left in the ground. *Here’s how to grow turmeric in the garden:* # Choose a warm sheltered partly shaded location with organic rich, moist, free draining soil. Before planting enrich the soil first with some "Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser":/products/fertilising/organic-based/yates-dynamic-lifter-organic-plant-food/. # Plant the tumeric rhizomes around 40 cm apart and 5 cm deep. Water well and keep moist.