According to scientists and a number of medical experts, turmeric is one of the healthiest spices in the world with more than 600 preventive and therapeutic health benefits. It has strong anti-septic and antibacterial effects, which is very effective for treating and cleaning wounds. But, what makes turmeric even more special is its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It is even more effective than ibuprofen, according to medical experts.
In this article you will learn how to grow unlimited supply of 100% natural turmeric in your home.
How to Grow Turmeric Indoors?
Turmeric is grown from rhizomes-root cuttings since the plant does not produce seeds. So, you need to buy one turmeric root from the local health store or your closest supermarket. Break a larger rhizome into a small rhizome piece, with 2-3 buds. Fill the pots with rich fertility soil, which should be lightly moist but well drained. Put the rhizomes 2 inches below the surface of the soil- with the buds facing up and then water the container.
You should also add a good fertilizer or compost tea.
How to water turmeric
This root needs a lot of water, so it should be constantly moist, particularly in hot, dry climates. It is recommended that you water it once in two days. Also, you can spray it with a spray bottle. In case you live in cooler climates, you should water it less. So, make sure the soil does not get wet and soft. That is the most important thing in watering you turmeric.
How to harvest turmeric
Generally, it takes 8-10 months for the edible rhizome to mature. The stems and leaves are also edible, but people usually use the roots. Turmeric root is harvested when it is mature enough. As soon as the rhizomes are big enough, dig up all the rhizomes from the pot. It is recommended that the rhizomes are harvested all at once. Take them all out and you can save few pieces to plant for the next season.