Turmeric is known for its medicinal properties and as easy as it is to buy turmeric from a departmental store, it is easier to grow your own turmeric plant. Turmeric plants are known by their long beautiful leaves. You can start out by growing them in the pot initially since it is easier to keep the pot in the sunlight or in the shade as per the weather conditions and then transfer them to the garden bed.
Getting Started With Your Own Turmeric Plant
If you are planning on growing a turmeric plant then follow the following tips:
15-Inch Pot For Planting The Rhizomes
Start out by having a 15-inch pot for planting the rhizomes that sprout on the turmeric. Rhizomes are the fresh root-like structures that grow on the turmeric and these are responsible for growing a turmeric plant. Make sure that you have 6 to 8 inches of the rhizomes grown before planting them in the soil.
Use Small Pots First
In order to have 6-8 inches of full grown rhizome, you should start by growing turmeric in smaller pots. Cut the rhizomes having at least two buds on the turmeric. Now lay the rhizomes flat on the soil and cover them with good quality organic soil.
Hot and Humid Environment
Now water well and place them in a hot and humid environment for having a better growth. It would be ideal to have a plastic cover on the pots so that the temperature is hot and humid for the rhizomes to grow fully. Growth in lower temperatures is going to be very slow and that is the reason it is important that you try to maintain a hot and humid weather for the best growth rates of the turmeric plant.
You should keep the soil moist and not soggy or dry so make sure that you water the sapling when needed and keep the required temperature maintained for best results. You can even buy the germination chamber which would help keep the temperature intact.
Use a Garden Bed
When your plants are 6-9 inches tall then transfer them to a garden bed to larger pots so that they have enough space to grow and extend their roots. In this step, you can remove the plastic coverings as you no longer need to have strict temperature requirements as per the germination process but you should try and keep it in a slightly humid environment so keep watering those plants regularly.
Try using some organic fertilizer to provide the best nutrients to your plants and have the best growth rates.