Turmeric is one of the world’s healthiest foods. Turmeric’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties make it great for cleaning and treating wounds, and its anti-inflammatory properties work well against joint pain and are effective for treating arthritis.
Experts believe that turmeric may even have over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications and 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. Turmeric has been found to replace man pharmaceutical drugs such as ibuprofen.
Turmeric can be easily grown indoors. Turmeric is grown from rhizomes (root cuttings) similar to ginger. Turmeric does not propagate seeds. So all you need is one turmeric root which you can find at health stores (Whole Foods or Indian stores.)
How to grow your own turmeric?
To grow turmeric indoors, just follow these simple steps:
- Break a larger rhizome into a small rhizome piece that has two or three buds.
- Fill the pots with rich organic soil, which is lightly moist but well drained. The ideal pH should range from 4.5 to 7.5
- Place it about two inches below the surface of the soil, with the buds facing up.
- Water the container.
That’s all there is to it!
Turmeric likes water. So try watering it once in 2 days. Keep the soil of the turmeric plant moist, but not too wet.
How to harvest turmeric?
Turmeric takes between 6 to 10 months for the edible rhizomes to mature. Harvesting is easy, just dig up the entire plant including the roots.
Cut the needed amount off a finger at the edge of the pot and then return the soil.
Turmeric is a perennial herb plant that re-shoots every spring; it will continue to produce roots.