How to Grow Turmeric

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Days to germination: Started by root cuttings, not seeds
Days to harvest: 250 days or more (8 to 10 months)
Light requirements: Full sun, or slight shade
Water requirements: Regular watering
Soil: Well-drained soil
Container: Necessary for most climates


Turmeric is likely best known as a pungent and bright yellow spice in Indian cuisine. It’s a tropical plant, and can only be grown outdoors if you live in zones 9 or warmer. Your plants won’t be able to tolerate any climate colder than 65F.

Turmeric is different from most herbs in that you are not going to be harvesting the leaves, but the roots instead. The plant grows an underground tuber, or rhizome much like ginger does. It can take up to 10 months for a new crop of roots to develop, and it’s not a plant that you can harvest in small pieces through the season.

It’s closely related to ginger, and has a similar strong taste that is a little hard to describe. Turmeric is the main ingredient in most Indian curry powders. It sometimes goes by the name of Indian saffron but is not related to saffron at all.

Aside from its power as a seasoning, there is growing evidence of the health benefits from this herb. It’s high in anti-oxidants and may have anti-inflammatory or even anti-caner properties.

Starting from Seed

You won’t be planting seeds to start your turmeric plants, but using roots instead. It’s not just a matter of convenience, the plant doesn’t produce seeds for propagation.

If you have a market nearby where you can buy fresh turmeric roots, you may be able to use those to sprout a plant. Otherwise, you will have to find a local nursery or online store that carries them. Turmeric isn’t the most common of household plants so it may take some looking. If you have access to a supermarket that carries it, purchase 2 or 3 because they probably won’t all sprout.

Once you have a fresh rhizome or root, all you need to do is plant it. A large root will have several branches or fingers to it. You can cut these apart and start more than one plant if you wish. The easiest way to get it to sprout is to just bury the root under 2 inches of loose potting soil. If there are any knobs or buds on the root, turn it so they are facing upwards.

Keep it damp but not sopping wet or the root may rot. In a month or so, you should see sprouts come up.

If you are going to grow turmeric outside, you can transplant it out in the late fall. For indoor plants, you can do this anytime.


Though you could always just plant your pieces of root directly outside, it’s usually safer to keep them indoors until they have started to sprout.

If you are growing more than one, plant each seedling about 12 to 16 inches apart. A sunny location is best but a little bit of afternoon shade shouldn’t hurt either.

Growing Instructions

Once your plants are established and growing well, they will need very little care from you. During winter months, turmeric needs less water but once the growing season starts you will want to water fairly frequently to keep the soil moist.

Bi-monthly or even weekly feedings with a liquid fertilizer is ideal.

If you see your plant going to flower, there is nothing to worry about. It won’t have any effect on your later root harvest, and the flowers don’t actually produce any seeds.


The majority of people who are going to grow turmeric will have to do so indoors, and it does grow fine in pots.

It will likely grow too large for a windowsill but can thrive in a sunny room. Choose a container that is at least 12 inches across and the same in depth to give your plants room to grow.

Water potted turmeric regularly to keep the soil damp, and weekly feedings with mild or diluted fertilizer are very beneficial.

Pests and Diseases

Turmeric is a plant that is seldom bothered by insects or disease. Your plant may develop leaf blotch or leaf spot, which is a fungus infection that will start out as brown patches on the leaves. The leaves will eventually turn yellow and drop off. Bordeaux fungicide can help control it if you catch it soon enough.

If you are growing turmeric outside of Asia, there are not many insects interested in the plant. Aphids and mites sometimes cluster on the leaves, but they can easily be washed off with a spritz of water or a spray of insecticidal soap.

Harvest and Storage

As mentioned, you don’t usually harvest turmeric through the season like you do with leafy herbs. You will have to take care of your plant for 8 to 10 months before harvest time. Eventually, the plant will start to turn yellow and the leaves will start to dry out. That’s when your turmeric is ready to dig up.

Just dig up the plant and cut the rhizomes away from the stems. Wash off the dirt and it’s ready to use. For more turmeric, take one or two pieces of root and start another plant. If you are careful, it is possible to harvest a few root pieces without having to dig up the entire plant.

To use, you will have to peel the root first. Wear gloves, or you will have yellow-stained fingers for quite a few days.

For storage, just keep the unpeeled roots in an air-tight container. Keep it in a cool dark place and your roots should still be in great shape for up to 6 months. It’s not practical for home growers to try drying turmeric in order to make a ground powder. The roots are just used sliced or minced instead.

If you are used to cooking with dry and ground turmeric from the store, take care when using fresh. It’s much stronger in taste and you will only need a small amount to really add its peppery zest to a meal.

139 Responses to “How to Grow Turmeric”

  1. mike curran  Says:

    I live in Highland Park, IL, 60035. Is there some place nearby where I can buy rhizome root
    that is guaranteed organic.

    Thank you very much.

    Mike Curran

  2. Keith  Says:

    Mike, I purchased Turmeric rhizomes from a store called Whole Foods. Can’t say weather or not Whole Foods has a store in your area and mine was in Tampa, Florida. My Turmeric plant is beautiful and I brag about it to all of my Indian friends. LOL

  3. Michelle Martin  Says:

    You can purchase Turmeric root from most Indian grocery stores, but it is rarely organic. Whole Foods will carry it on occasion.

  4. Kenn Mann  Says:

    I’m juicing turmeric “root” with the omega 8004 juicer.
    I just bought 10lbs of rhizomes for $125 but that has given me enough for half a year and im planting at least 3.

    delicious nutritious and cheap in bulk

    I got mine from

  5. Shreela  Says:

    Houston’s Fiesta Mart on Edgebrook (off I-45 S) had some turmeric root. That’s why I’m searching how to start it, thanks! I’m glad I could find it there, because the Indian stores I know about are on the other side of town.

  6. Norma Ziemek  Says:

    My turmeric root pieces were kept in a garlic pottery container along with my garlic and after a few weeks they sprouted and are ready to plant.

  7. presa1200  Says:

    in southeast asian countries, we do harvest the leaves for cooking. they add a nice aroma to the Rendang (beef cooked in coconut milk and spices)

  8. Terri  Says:

    I have to disagree with the statement that turmeric won’t grow below 65 degrees F. I live in central Mississippi and I know it lives through 18 degrees F. It disappears, then takes a while to show up again (several weeks after its neighboring ginger). I bought 4 tubers at a health food store…planted them all…All are well. Patiently hoping for a bloom.

  9. cidpusa  Says:

    Can I grow turmeric in any season

  10. Sam  Says: sells both Tumeric and Ginger seed-rhizomes from the fall till early spring. I’ve had good luck growing baby-ginger in zone 7–but it won’t over-winter here.

  11. Tasleem  Says:

    Hi all

    I have a turmeric plant 30days old. Can one one guide me which is the suitable liquid fertilizer.

  12. maysoon  Says:

    Hi Tasleem , can i know where did you live so i can get some turmeric seeds from you ??

  13. Hannan Ahmad  Says:

    you did not tell temperatures that are required to grow the plant. I live in Pakistan and here Kasur is the best region to grow turmeric. But i want to grow it in Rabwah, so please tell me the temperatures or right season to start planting this crop. Right now it is winter and I have considerable supply of turmeric roots, but I am reluctant from planting these up coz the weather is cold.

  14. jane  Says:

    Hi, I live in Sydney Australia. Just bought a lovely little tumeric plant and cant wait to see it growing in my garden. They tell me the flower is beautiful. I like the idea of using the leaves in Rendang. Any recipies anyone? you all sound like you are more familiar with tumeric than me!

  15. Tom  Says:

    G’day Jane, yes the flower is beautiful. I live in Mackay Qld, I planted a bulb. I thought it would never shoot, but after 6 months it flourished & now flowering, Magnificent. I cut small pieces to grate into stews & mince dishes.

  16. Donna  Says:

    If I purchase the root and it is not organic but I use it to produce spouts for more plants, will those be organic or will it still have contamination from its former growth? At what point is it pure?

  17. William  Says:

    I’m in Cairns Nth Qld Australia.
    We grow tumeric in our backyard.
    Harvest when it dies back.

    To process scrape the skin off with a knife and then boil in water until soft.
    This may take a couple of hours.
    Dry on absorbent paper in the sun for a week or two.
    It will shrink to a third of the fresh size and be rock hard.
    Pound in a mortar and pestle, then grind to a powder in a coffee grinder.
    It’s hard work but worth it.
    Keeps well in the freezer and refrigerator.
    We use it in curries and take it in capsules or soup for the health benefits and taste. :-)

  18. William  Says:

    A related plant that is also a tumeric grown in Northern Australia is the Cape York Lily (Curcuma australasica)
    It is yellow rather than orange in colour and has a lovely pink flower. Both ornamental and good for you.
    The Aboriginal people of the area use to roast and eat the rhizomes.

  19. frank murscoe  Says:

    i live in florence alabama.right now the temperatures are ideal for you think i should start growing it inside in november and than transplant it outside in mid may.

  20. William  Says:

    If you have several pieces of turmeric try planting some out in the garden and some inside.

    When we replanted the first time, I dried several pieces and left some in the garden. Planting the dried pieces at the beginning of summer.
    All of them shot.
    From one piece I eventually got twenty and had enough left over to dry and powder.
    Average temp in Cairns is between 21 to 32 C.
    Very humid here.

  21. Bobby K  Says:

    I live in Tampa Fl.and i planted (12) Roots that i picked up @ Whole Foods into (4) 5 Gallon pots.
    I planted in late Dec.outside in Tampa, lows in the (30′s), probably hurt my sprouting yeild but i ended up with (3) healthy plants by Mid Feb.

    Now it is May 1 and they are thriving.I think South Florida is a great climate for Tumeric growth.

    With the Medicinal value of Tumeric coming to life in the Western World, i think it could be a cash crop under the Florida Sun.

    Anyone have any comments, thoughts, or investment interest. Florida land can be had cheaper now than in the last 50 years. Short sales are now a recommended debt settlement.

  22. Leon Toille  Says:

    I live in Canada and want to grow it for medicinal purposes. If there is anyone else in Canada who has done this, let me know

  23. mitch stanley  Says:

    Hi, New Seasons Organic Grocery store in Portland, Oregon (specifically, Lake Owsego) carry fresh Tumeric intermittently. The produce manager stated they import it from Hawaii. Retail price is ~ $15/lb.

  24. slu  Says:

    We were given some root and used much of it for cooking…subtle, delicious flavoring in rice/other dishes and planted the last 3/4″ piece of it in a pot. Took about a month in the Hawaiian spring to show a shoot…we weren’t too scrupulous about watering but it probably never totally dried out.

    Amazing color. It was very hard to get the stain off the stainless knife blade we used to slice the root. Careful…it stains everything! Can’t wait to see the plant develop and mature. 10 Months?!

  25. anneke van tholen  Says:

    I’d like to add that I’ve been growing turmeric for some years now and give / swap the beautiful yellow powder to all my friends.
    The thinly cut slices are placed on trays on the lowest setting in my oven ( about 42* ) and then I just blend it with a kitchen whizz. It has to be bone dry though. If I really want it super fine, I put it through a fine sieve after that. I makes a year’s supply.
    I’m on the SE coast of Australia.

  26. Gaylyn Henninger  Says:

    Can turmeric be grown indoors for its whole growth cycle. I am moving from North Carolina to Pennsylvania and will be able to provide stable conditions indoors. Thanks.

  27. lora turner  Says:

    I live in Fort Worth Texas, and i was just wondering if anybody knew where i could purchase the Turmeric root for growing my own, i have called several places and had no luck so far.

  28. Laura Wilfong  Says:

    Lora, go to the nearest Whole Foods market. My local Whole Foods, in Asheville, NC, sells the rhizomes for $10.99/lb.

  29. Anne  Says:

    I live in Brisbane Australia. My local grocer gave me some old turmeric which was starting to shoot. It is now growing nicely in the garden. Really lovely finely sliced (with a peeler) in a salad with sliced raw beetroot etc., I don’t bother peeling it. Try and have all the colours in your salad. Turmeric is soooo good for you. Especially because of its cancer preventing properties. I also use the concentrated powder form tablets for back pain. No side effects and really works.

  30. William  Says:

    Tried Anneke Van Tholen’s method of processing turmeric recently.
    Much quicker and easier than boiling as I had suggested earlier.

    When boiled, the turmeric is a nice yellow orange colour
    When roasted it is a warm/deep orange.

    Also the roasting method can be done in an evening.
    Boiling requires much, much longer

    Thank you Anneke I’ll be using your method from now on. :)


  31. Mish  Says:

    Where do I buy a Turmeric plant? I use Turmeric as a healing herb with my family (2 legged and 4 legged). I really need to get my own plant because Turmeric is getting hard to come by in my area.

  32. Billy Whiskes  Says:

    I notice no one has mentioned buying it online. I got my start 5 years ago on Ebay and it’s been growing ever since. It is flowering for the first time this year. Although it appreciates regular watering it is surprisingly drought resistant. I had to go in for heart surgery and was away from my garden for three months. That means not a drop of rain here in San Diego. When I got back I started watering my garden again and the turmeric shot back up in only a couple of weeks.

  33. Steve Eagle  Says:

    I have had no problem growing and overwintering tumeric here in zona 7. One of my local markets wascselling it for $2.50/pound. If any one is interested, I will see if they have anymore.

  34. Elias  Says:

    I have read that the body absorbs the curcumin in turmeric much better if mixed with a good oil and freshly ground pepper. Pepper contains a compound called pepperine.
    I’m going to start growing my own : )


  35. Susan Conaty  Says:

    I found turmeric in Houston at a Ranch 99 grocery store. I think they started in California, specializing in asian and Indian groceries .

  36. sylvie  Says:

    I live in halifax, nova scotia canada – does anyone know where I can find some turmeric to plant??? thanks – sylvie

  37. salli  Says:

    I live in Fort Worth Texas area and have a peice of tumeric that is sprouting on its own and my question is when can I plant it ourside? Fall or Spring? thanks

  38. Rod  Says:

    Anne from Brisbane hi my name is Rod I live in Redcliffe Brisbane im finding it hard to find here any susgestions ? ive tired fruit shops and woolies ,coles etc none have it here ?

  39. MJ  Says:

    Anyone struggling to find haldi root in the UK – I bought mine on the internet from
    It’s growing fine, and after a couple of years of growth I’m planning to harvest some for the first time this winter. And maybe use a food dehydrator to dry it out?

  40. Rhonda  Says:

    Hi Ann I am from Brisbane too You can get tumeric by ordering from Green Harvest or the new organic shops called Wray organic sell it with their organic vegetables, there is one in Mt Gravatt Central Or Morningside

  41. William  Says:

    Try buying Cape York Lilly… it is a turmeric but not the type usually used. It is yellow rather than orange. I have both… or try a farmers market, organic gardening group.

  42. Mark 'Spud' Russell  Says:

    G’day Guy’s

    I was given a small root sample from my Micro Brewery here in Clontarf QLD as the wife grows her own, I gave it to my house mates & it just sat on the bench for a while & the other day I looked & noticed it was sprouting a eye, so I thought bugger it & I planted it in a pot & see how it grows here in Kallangur as it’s an outer nth side suburb of Brisbane.

    Cheers & catch ya later guys.


  43. Noel Elliot  Says:

    Looking to find a place in Canada where I can buy the whole roots, or plant and grow some turmeric indoors. Does anyone have a place to recommend?

  44. Barbara Lowell  Says:

    I have some from my organic garden if you email me I can send you a pic. I would be willing to send a few pieces for $20 including postage, or one piece for $10. I have lots, grown in a pot with compost and organic fertilizer and Florida rain and lots of love!

  45. Barbara Lowell  Says:

    ooops meant to subscribe to comments in last comment.

  46. marie  Says:

    On Vancouver Island you can find fresh roots at Edible Island in Courtenay. Hope this helps.

  47. natasha  Says:

    In Canada, on the wild west coast, you can find fresh roots at a store called Edible Island in Courtenay, B.C.

  48. Michelle  Says:

    In Southern AL, I was given this plant and was told it was called a ground lily. I loved the beautiful tropical plant and bloom. Thru research on this plant on how to grow and fertilize found out it is Tumeric.Have never used roots for seasoning or medicinal but since reading this blog plan on using roots for just that.I have some in flower bed that do well and in containers. They die back in winter and sprout out in spring. Beautiful plants….

  49. Pat  Says:

    I just bought some from the H-Mart in Langley, B.C. I’ll be trying to grow that and some Galangal tubers that I purchased at the same time.

  50. Nicholas Wilson  Says:

    Barbara Lowell, I am in Montgomery, AL and would love for you to e-mail me at

  51. Ken  Says:

    We are doing a small turmeric crop in containers, this year, here in Pugwash, Nova Scotia………started early indoors of course, finished in the greenhouses. Should be exciting.

  52. Mary  Says:

    Will be looking for some tumeric root so I can get this started too!

  53. John  Says:

    We harvested our first crop of Turmeric that yielded about 25lbs. I am going to plant the entire batch come rainy season. I think I’ll start them in pots first.
    I love juicing the Turmeric with Carrots. Man, does that heat the inside up!

  54. Dandelion  Says:

    thanks for this information. I bought some rhizomes at a co-op in Kalamazoo, MI. I plan to pot them up when I get home to Eastern KY. I know a woman there who grows turmeric in pots. We are zone 6-7 at home. Fun stuff! I love to try new things!

  55. Rosemary Hatton  Says:

    Where could we find a Turmeric Plant ? Could we grow it in SW England ? We have a small Greenhouse

  56. Betty Taylor  Says:

    I had read about growing turmeric so I purchased two rhizomes from Whole Foods. I gave one to my brother in southern Illinois and I planted mine here in Denver in a pot. His came up beautifully but mine just remained dormant. Then, one day, I saw a sprout and now I have a foot tall plant with beautiful leaves. It is very easy to grow but just takes time.

  57. Gerry  Says:

    I’m in coastal alabama and found the tubers grown locally in a heathfood store at $11/lb. I have taken it in powdered form for years for back pain and it works extremely well, it also supresses, and in some cases clears up some skin cancers (non melanoma) that I have applied it to in pultice form.

    This is the first year I’m trying to grow it in my garden and don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner ( I buy it by the pound in powdered form from Frontier).

    I put a few tubers in the ground in the colder months and haven’t seen shoots yet, but we have had a colder than normal spring. The rest of the tubers I put in potting soil today, as they were starting to sprout in the basket I had stored them in. This tells me that when the ground temp reachs about 60 to 70 degrees for several weeks they will sprout, since that is what the air temp has been. This would be consistent with what I’ve read about USDA zones and over wintering in this area also.

    Can’t wait to harvest some in the fall, as I expect that the potted ones I planted today will do well when transplanted, watered and fertilized.

    I’ll let you know how it went in a few months. Oh, also for all those who were asking where to buy it….if you can’t get it locally, just google around (or better yet, use duckduck.go-they have better tracking/privacy policies, and their info is much better organized and readable than google) and you will find it sold on line in a variety of places.

  58. george simons  Says:

    Barbara Lowell Says:
    January 7th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I have some from my organic garden if you email me I can send you a pic. I would be willing to send a few pieces for $20 including postage, or one piece for $10. I have lots, grown in a pot with compost and organic fertilizer and Florida rain and lots of love!

    HI barbara ,,,, i like to buy some turmeric roots from you.., may you send them to BERMUDA…


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  59. shiva  Says:

    I have ~ 5 lbs of organically grown turmeric rhizome for sale. would be happy to sell if anyone here is interested

  60. Lora  Says:

    Shiva – I would Love some of our turmeric – please email me with pricing and info -

  61. Lora  Says:

    shiva – my email address is thanks!

  62. Kerry Temple-Woodq  Says:

    Hi there, So no questions or comments from the front range of Colorado yet….anyone any luck in my drier climate? Juicing in omega juicer really good for the arthritis. Not sure it will over-winter here. could I do in pots, keep outside in summer and bring indoors when it gets cold? Any suggestions?

  63. Diana  Says:

    Hi Shiva: Do you have any turmeric left to sell? I would be interested.

  64. Diana  Says:

    My e-mail address is

  65. Brooke  Says:

    I like to peel it and boil for twenty minutes. Put the water and the root into a blender and blend up. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Add a little local honey and maybe some Tamarind concentrate. I also like to add tea or use it in a second ferment with water kefir grains. The “juice” is really good and we drink it daily. It is Balinese style Turmeric juice.

  66. pat  Says:

    Reply to William in Northern Australia. I’m at Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands outside of Cairns in an old house that has many edible plants probably set down when the house was built in 1943 – Brazilian cherries, lilly pilly – and very wet season we are blessed with a beautiful show of Cape York lilies.
    Do you know how to harvest them? I regularly dig some up to share with other gardeners, but never knew they were edible until I read your note in this gardening blog. (I’m originally from the farm lands of Canada’s Manitoba prairies, so have had to learn to garden in the tropics on this very fertile Tableland area). Thanks

  67. Pat Farina  Says:

    I have a rhizome of turmeric that I got from an organic food store that is probably about 5″ long. Can I cut that into pieces and grow more than one plant from it?

  68. Marcel Urbach  Says:

    I saw some Curcuma potted plants at Home Depot and bought one in a 1 gallon pot at $ 6.00 ea. I live in South Florida and it should grow very well here in our sub-tropical climate

  69. trish orange  Says:

    i would like a piece to start a pot do u sell it

  70. Susan  Says:

    I bought fresh turmeric at a local grocery store that sells mostly asian foods. I bought it for cooking and placed it in s zip lock bag. Time passed and it sprouted.

  71. Raj Pandita  Says:

    I sell turmeric plants on Thi s year I had more than 10 plants and they are all sold out. The plant goes for$20-25 each. I have another batch coming up and if anyone is interested they can register to purchase, that way they will surely get one. Good Luck.

  72. LaRue Muller  Says:

    I would love to buy a plant from you Raj Pandita. We spend a lot time in Arizona so think it will grow well.

  73. Marci  Says:

    I got my Tumeric tubers from an oriental market. They were way cheap! 2.99 for 20 or so….. Almost all of them sprouted (85%)in my garden outside, I live in Phoenix, AZ.

  74. Jeannine Bressie  Says:

    I purchased turmeric root at Whole Foods in Santa Rosa Ca. and all of the growth buds have been cut off ! obviously someone is threatened by home growers !

  75. Alex  Says:

    Hi everyone I planted 2 old roots of turmeric I didn’t use and after 2 weeks I have a beautiful small plant with beautiful leaves , when and how I can get the turmeric, Do I have to kill the plant to get the turmeric in the future ? I don’t want to kill it if work like that :(
    Many thanks

  76. Jenifer  Says:

    Someone asked about fertilizer earlier. I would suggest something organic: worm castings, bat guano, fish emulsion, compost, etc. That would do the trick and keep your turmeric safe to eat!

  77. Leanne  Says:

    Hi everyone, I know how hard it is to find where to get fresh Turmeric – it is equally as hard to find where and how to best market it. I live in South East Queensland in the Wide Bay & Burnett Area. I grow fresh Turmeric, if anyone would like to buy some, send me an email ( saying where you are and we can work out how to send it to you. :-)

  78. kris  Says:

    Fresh turmeric root can be found in Orange County, California at Bristol Farms (Newport Beach) and Mother’s Market.

  79. Grace swiel  Says:

    i am living in Jamaica,and the info that i am seeing about this amazing herb i am very happy.however, the sad thing about us buying tumeric in the grocery store they are not geniuen.

  80. inzwanai  Says:

    sounds like a conservative horticulturist and you do have the right idea since the plant is not so easy to acquire.My mother never dug up the plant. She always had large one inch diameter tubers dug up.That was way in Zimbabwe.Climate will affect the planting.Keep the plant for an occasional stealing of rhisomes. Incidentally , I like a little plant myself.I am in Ark…..Usa.

  81. William  Says:

    Pat 66
    To harvest simply dig them up after the leaves have died back.
    Leave them out in a shady dry place to harden up
    That’s it :)

    Process as per normal turmeric.
    I had a great harvest this past season of both types.

  82. Linda  Says:

    Tumeric and ginger grow wild in some parts of Jamaica. On our property in Jamaica tumeric and ginger grow as grass on some parts of the land (there is no grass to be seen only tumeric or ginger) and one can see big roots popping out of the ground. My mother usually use the roots in her cooking. She would use tumeric to treat sprains she would beat the tumeric into a pulp and tie it on the affected area and it usually works.
    When I visited earlier this year a few acreas of the property were covered with tumeric because no body live there anymore.

  83. Eula Batson  Says:

    I found this link for turmeric in Canada but don’t know if they ship to

  84. kc munro  Says:

    i live on crete in greece. can turmeric root be sent to me by one of you. if yes how would i be able to pay. when the leaves fall off and you dont harvest all the plant does it regrow from its roots?
    want to do turmeric and ginger…great info from all of you…

  85. kc munro  Says:

    if i live in eutope , does anyone have any idea where i should look for turmeric and ginger root. does it grow do you think on crete, southern island in greece?

  86. ken  Says:

    Tumeric is easy to grow, if well estabilished can make it through the winters where there is a light frost. I am in the Houstion area and sell the plants at the local farmers market in Galveston. I also raise many other types of ginger. will be harvesting some soon. later…

  87. Vicki  Says:

    I was visiting Australia the first two weeks of November 2013 and saw turmeric for sale at the Bundy Fresh Food Market on Maryborough Street, Bundaberg, QLD 4670. It was $22.99/kg.

  88. Gregory Wales  Says:

    Will fresh turmeric get mold or spoil if kept in a sealed container or bag? Must it be refrigerated?

  89. Diana  Says:

    Does anyone have any organic turmeric they would be willing to sell me? I am in Ontario. Thanks.

  90. Virginia  Says:

    We are growing turmeric as a trial on our certified organic farm in NV. (Our baby ginger is also certified organic and grown here each year). We sell baby ginger Sept through Nov. at our LocalHarvest online store.
    Our supplier for certified organic seed – ginger and for the turmeric (and more) is in Hawaii, our trusted seed supplier is Biker Dude at Puna Organics.
    Best wishes from Custom Gardens Organic Farm, for your experiments in growing these exotics – they are beautiful plants with even more health giving benefits.

  91. Tommy  Says:

    Marci from Az.

    Does the market still have the turmeric tubers? Would you consider shipping some to Ga? If so what would be price and shipping for a few # ?

    Thanks Tommy

  92. Carina  Says:

    I live in Hawkes Bay New Zealand and would love to grow turmeric. Out temps average 0 degress F to 30 degress F. Could we start off in doors and then move to glass house.?

  93. Jan  Says:

    I have some freshly harvested, organically grown turmeric rhizomes for sale on ebay for $20/pound.

  94. dale huff  Says:

    We have the turmeric tubers here in Blacksburg Virginia at the Oasis Market….they are 4.99 (US$) a pound. I plant them in October or November in a pot indoors and then plant outside in mid-May….then harvest in late September. They do great.

  95. Barbara M  Says:

    I’ve read all questions/responses with great interest as I have just recently started using turmeric to manage my chronic low back pain (herniated/bulging discs – 9 years suffering)and am so pleased to find a natural product. I started using this last month and within about 3 days I noticed less pain and burning and by the end of the month I was (finally) pain-free. For my situation I find using ginger root also helps to manage the inflammation in my lower back. After reading all these posts I planted a rhizome and am looking forward to having a personal harvest.

  96. Liszetai Ardeis  Says:

    Hi Dale Huff and all,looking for viable turmeric to grow indoors zone 7 in metro DC- air shipping killed the rhizomes from CA & NYC this winter. Thanks

  97. Tess  Says:

    I too have been looking for turmeric rhizomes and found that has quite a few suppliers at various prices for 1 lb. Many even carry ginger roots. Since I’m in the USA, there are a couple of suppliers in Kansas that are well rated. It’s kind of silly though, that some of them have a very reasonable price for the turmeric but add on a hefty shipping charge. One or two others charge a higher price but offer free shipping. SuperStore is the one from whom I plan to order. Just for your info.

  98. Gene Ammarell  Says:

    One of my favorite recipes for turmeric leaf can be found at;

  99. Denise  Says:

    After reading all the comments and advice for growing and harvesting turmeric in powder form… has anyone experienced or have any idea how to harvest and process in oil form? And has anyone tried growing it in Missouri? If so what was your outcome? Thanks and this is so helpful.

  100. Maureen Barnes  Says:

    I am in Kelowna,British Columbia. We have a nice growing season, but not warm enough to keep tumeric in the ground, so I planted my organic tumeric and am waiting for it to emerge :) I grow organic herbs for my friends and family. My Ginger sprouted well and is now a beautiful indoor plant. I got my organic tumeric root at Choices Market, but I am sure that many organic stores will have some :)

  101. Al Hall  Says:

    My daughter brought a root back from Thailand about four years ago. I tossed it into the veg rack fully intending to use it, but never really got round to it. This year, I picked up the shrivelled little tuber, and feeling rather guilty wondered if by some stretch of the imagination it would grow. After years of total neglect I lovingly planted it, but didn’t hold out much hope…..well to my amazement and utter relief it did and is looking good in the greenhouse, but will bring it in over winter – can’t bear to lose it now. What a plant!!

  102. Sara  Says:

    Please can anyone let me know where in South Africa I can buy a turmeric root or plant. I live near Kimberley in the Northern Cape, South Africa. Thank you

  103. karen  Says:

    I harvested my turmeric and it was very bitter compared to store bought, the one I harvested is a medium yellow not the orange of the store bought. Is the bitterness from the particular species, or did I harvest too late (we had a cold snap and the leaves turned yellow and brown)?

  104. Patricia  Says:

    This is the time of year that turmeric is harvested in much warmer countries. I buy organic rhizomes from a local supermarket that has organics. If you live in a colder climate and lower than zone 9 you will need to be sure you can put the plants in a greenhouse OR move some to the greenhouse when the temps dip below say 60-65F. It freezes very well for cooking (or your morning shake!) 1 teaspoon of dried spice is equal to 3 teaspoons — 1 tablespoon — of fresh. 2 inches of fresh turmeric root will give you 1 tablespoon of freshly grated spice.

  105. Winnie Chew  Says:

    Good day,

    I have home grown turmeric plant for hobby.If you are interest I can sell it to you. Just send me your address to place order. AUD $22/= per kilo.

  106. israel gonzalez  Says:

    Harvested a bunch of beautiful, large turmeric from maybe 5 or 6 skinny rhizomes I planted. Curious: one plant has given a white, longish rhizome hanging from a long string. Seems unusual, but could be the result of being next to arrowroot ? Cross pollination ? Replanted white one to see what happens, so have not tasted it.

  107. Ben  Says:

    Israel: Keep track of the whitish one. There are several types of Turmeric. One of them is the Madras turmeric that is whitish. The other is Allepey that is darker. But there is a type called Zedoaria which is also called White Turmeric which totally different properties. I do not think it is Sedoaria for they were planted from the same source. There is no cross pollination in turmeric for they do not reproduce by seeds.

  108. mike  Says:

    To Sara
    you can occasionally purchase rhizomes from Thrupps Retail Grocery Store in Illovo,Johannesburg

  109. janama  Says:

    I planted some and it grew to a full plant then died in late autumn. I then traveled overseas for a couple of years and when I returned it has popped up much larger and it now has 4 flowers. So far I haven’t harvested any tubers.
    What I recently noticed was what looks like a shoot coming up around 6 foot away from the parent. Does anyone know if it sends out runners?

  110. Sandy  Says:

    Hi, For those requesting info about turmeric rhizomes in Ontario Canada….I located some at B.J. Supermarket – 1449 Gerrard Street East, Toronto. Not listed as being organic. I am about to try planting indoors.

  111. Jessie Hopkins  Says:

    I will be getting some at whole foods to grow, thx for all the tips. I recently had a severe case of poison oak (same irritating oil as poison ivy and poison sumac) and found that a paste of lemon juice and turmeric is the only thing that stops the itching for more than an hour or two. It has stopped my itching for over eight hours per application. There might be a small sting /itch at first, for about 10 mins, then stinging and itching stops and you get sweet relief for hours, though stains the skin yellow through several showers. Careful that any fabric you touch with the paste may get stained.

  112. Rampe  Says:

    i bought a potted turmeric plant about 18cm tall from seller at the craft market in Yarra Glen for $6.00. Next market day 5th Apr. 3rd May and 7th Jun 2015. Address Yarra Glen Race Course, entry via Armstrong Grove, off Healsville- Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen.Victoria. I am also successfully growing ginger from sprouting sections of ginger purchased for cooking purposes.
    Melway ref. 275B1.

  113. Dian  Says:

    I planted turmeric because of the leaves…I can’t find turmeric leave here in the US. I plant turmeric successfully every year and use the leaves for rendang (beef in coconut milk) and sour and spicy fish.

  114. Roman  Says:

    Great to meet so many turmeric fans!

    At Indian stores turmeric is called yellow haldi. There is also just a plain old haldi, which is whitish so I assume it isn’t as good for you.

    I have a juicer and juice turmeric with cauliflower, red cabbage, ginger, and kohlrabi. I also mix a tablespoon and a half with 8 oz. of low-sodium V8 and a tablespoon of Bragg vinegar for another daily health drink.

    I’ve seen turmeric at Whole Foods for $8.99 a pound, but Indian supermarkets have it for $4.99-$5.99, and better quality. I’ve found one place online that ships organic turmeric — — and including postage it works out to around $9 a pound.

    Came here for planting instructions since it’s finally spring in New York. Here’s hoping turmeric helps keep us all healthy! It’s worked for me for years.

  115. jennie  Says:

    Hey there, Jennie from Eastern Texas. Here, it gets down to about 18 degrees a couple times a year. The average winter temperature is around 40-45 degrees. Im wanting to plant my turmeric in the ground outside so i can get it out of this pot and have a higher yield, but afraid to kill it. Thinking of just laying the mulch on thick and putting a blanket over it on the real cold nights. Also was wondering what about when it consistently gets to be in the 90′s? Anyone know how it holds up? Anyhow, I ordered mine not too long ago on Ebay. I ordered organically grown turmeric and i received it, planted them about a month later when i thought it was too late. Finally, two months later, they all sprouted and are now flourishing. I think it only cost 7 dollars for about 6 rhizomes.

  116. Barara Goodlett  Says:

    I live in small town in North AR and received my turmeric years ago from an Asian friend. They should be found in Asian stores. i grow mine outside in pots and bring in during winter.

    In the past I’ve sliced, dehydrated, powdered them in The Bullet, then put in capsules to take daily. Now being very regular at taking them as well as using other spices etc.,I have no way to be sure as to whether the turmeric has helped my arthritis pain.

    But now that I’ve read it’s not very bio-available as is. Suggested, was to add pepper for its Bioperin in it. But “Bioperin can interfere with some medicines” and other products being “very expensive” what is one to do with their turmeric now, to make sure the turmeric is bio-available?

    Is it true that it’s much better for our bodies to eat it raw, maybe frozen in pieces for use later in year, than to dry it? An if so, would one need to use the pepper along with it to make it more available for our bodies to use?

    Can anyone answer these questions that i have not seen addressed in earlier responses. Does anyone know websites that address this issue in deepth? Thank you

  117. Vidyut  Says:

    Turmeric leaves can be used in cooking. They also have medicinal properties (like the root) and are excellent nutrition as well as taste. There should be recipes on the internet, or I could share some (I’m an ad hoc cook, not much for recipes).

  118. Jenni  Says:

    anyone grow turmeric in Geelong area?

  119. Jean  Says:

    I live in Sydney and found some turmeric in the supermarket a couple of years ago. I planted one in the garden and it grew and was able to harvest quite a lot. I froze most but wasn’t too happy with that. Now a lot more has grown up from a piece I must have missed and am about to harvest much more. I will try storing some in a teatowel left in a dark place and will also try drying some. My husband has Parkinson’s Disease and we have read that turmeric can help reverse the symptoms. He eats it raw in his salad every day so we are interested in seeing the results.

  120. Jacquie Becker  Says:

    I am growing it on the Big Island of Hawaii. If anyone would like a starter you can email me??

  121. carolyn  Says:

    I just received a tumeric plant. Its growing so well,about 2 ft. tall. I want to know when is it time to harvest the root and be able to use it for juicing?

  122. Rachel  Says:

    You can use the leaves of Turmeric as well as the root. Wrap chicken or fish in a leaf or part leaf if large, and cook in your usual way. The flavor is more delicate than the root. I grow it in pots in the South of France a few miles inland from CANNES. The temperature is very hot at the moment, up to 40 degrees Celsius. Last winter I let the plants dry and placed them between the windows and the shutters. They have restarted and are thriving, hoping that they will flower, the ginger too.

  123. Carole  Says:

    Does anyone grow turmeric in NZ?

  124. Ingvor lowes  Says:

    i bought fresh turmeric roots in Barbados last March, and ate one every day.they started sprouting in April in Sweden, and I planted 15 in a pot.all came up and are now 5 inches tall.
    Keep them inside in cold Sweden, will now give them more space.hopefully they are ready for harvest for Xmas! Cross u fingers for me please!

  125. sandy  Says:

    Following to learn how to grow.

  126. Janet Miles  Says:

    Is it ok to plant a piece of turmeric root in a pot and have it grow—-someone mentioned about buying some but that the “buds” had been cut off.

    Please explain.

  127. allan chan  Says:

    I also try to grow some tumeric out door in september this year in b. c. canada, the weather is unusually warm. we had very little rain in the summer.If they sprouted , I will cover it with a thick layer of card boards and hays.I will see if it will survive the next spring?

  128. Bee Kaye  Says:

    I planted some turmeric root that I bought at an Indian store early in the summer. It outgrew the planter so I just dug it up. The growing tips are very pale in color, then it gets darker closer to the center but overall is only light orange-yellow. It smells and tastes like turmeric but I think of turmeric as very strongly colored, are there varieties like this?

  129. carmen montufar  Says:

    Amazone sells fresh turmeric

    QUESTION: can I freeze turmeric? if so, the whole root or can I blend it? thank you

  130. Grace  Says:

    Thanks for the information. Trying to grow mine in UK. May I add that actually you can indeed harvest the leaves. Many Indonesian and Malaysian use the leaves for culinary purposes. Adding turmeric leaves to curries and rending. In the UK it’s easy to buy the rhizomes in Asian shops. But not the leaves. Hence me growing my own.

  131. B K  Says:

    Jean in June 2015 Give him raw turmeric in everything and 500 mg capsules. In all the miles of documents I have read you cannot get too much. I have been taking the capsules for years and since last year eating the raw in almost everything. Shakes,fried steaks, spagetti,chili, fish, stir fries. Just use all you can.

    I have severe Arthritus and last year Doctors wanted to operate on my spine but I increased my Turmeric & Magnesium & so far the damage hasn’t changed.

    I grow turmeric in a wading pool in South Georgia and it gets to 26 degrees sometimes and I cover it with straw,an old blanket, piece of plastic (it would stay too damp here in winter)& I plant it in November to December in zone 8b. As for Temp. it gets to 100 degrees here and you just add more water and I got my start from Amazon from a man in India.

  132. gail  Says:

    My sister brought me some turmeric from BC.By the time it got to me, it wasn’t looking very healthy–starting to shrink w/some mold. Instead of using it, I decided to plant it indoors. So far it has several large leaves with several more sprouts coming along. I loosened the soil around the root to see what was happening with it and see that it is looking pretty healthy and new looking, but the root is WHITE– original was orange. Is this just because it’s the new growth; will it eventually turn orange as it matures.

  133. Hal Hollingsworth  Says:

    I just harvested 30 lbs of of organically grown turmeric. I live in Miami and my garden in in Hialeah, Fl. If anyone wants some just get in touch. (305) 713-9813.

  134. kareen Haskin  Says:

    I have been growing organic ginger and tumeric in Hawaii and ship to people on the east coast of the US. We ship first of March. Most people pre sprout and when it warms up to 55- 65
    F. soil temp they set out plants 16″ apart. Go to to order or you can email me at

  135. Tammy  Says:

    I ordered turmeric root off of Amazon and it came quickly and in very good condition. They have it in different quantities and is ready to consume or plant. I ordered 2# for $14.95 and was well pleased with the condition and value. Two pounds is quite a lot of turmeric root so I am planting some and sharing with my sister and mother.

  136. hans v rooyen  Says:

    Can anybody help me to aquire a plant or live roots somewhere in South Africa

  137. Gary Davis  Says:

    Approx 5 years ago I purchased five rhizomes of turmeric from a Florida source. Each rhizome was reported t be a different variety. I planted each in a separate clay pot keeping them inside, as our planting zone is 8B in SE Louisiana. Each eventually produced viable leafy plants and over the years they thrived outdoors in both patio pots and raised beds. Freezing winters did seemingly kill off the roots, but in the spring they all came back. Some has flowers, but all were a lush addition to our pool ares. One broken pot left me with an abundance of rhizomes which I planted in a 16′x 2″ raised bed in the fenced in area of my old chicken coop. In this location they proliferated. Recently I removed several roots and small rhizomes and peeled them with a vegetable peeler. Using a mandolin , I cut them into thin strips and placed them in a dehydrator where they dried in less than a day. An electric coffee grinder pulverized the lot into a fine powder, the color and consistency of commercial products. The yield was approx. 2oz of powdered turmeric. Nol a lot of work, although in future I would harvest the main roots which are the size of a small sweet potato and easier to peel than the mall rhizomes. I saw no need to boil the rhizomes, as they cut smoothly on the mandolin much the same as cutting potatoes. I saw no point in boiling, unless there are concerns with molds etc. Washing and rincing prior to slicing along with the heat from the dehydrator would seem to be sufficient, but I am open to suggestions. By the way, I lost my info re the source for my rhizomes, but I think her name was Kat Ford out of Gainsville, FL area At the time she had no web site.

  138. Debbie Brennan  Says:

    I regularly order my Tumeric roots on Amazon. They are beautiful! I use about a pound every 3-4 weeks. Several roots have sprouted and those are the ones I’ll plant. I also grew my own Ginger last year and from only about 6 plants, I had enough to last all winter. The root clusters were HUGE! I’m in southern Alabama and just put them out in a flower bed with mostly full sun. They did great! I’m going to do my Tumeric the same way and see how it does. I always have better luck with a plant in the ground. Mother Nature does a better self regulating job than I do. Everyone should be eating Tumeric everyday! I make a tea out of it. My aches and pains are non-existent now and if I go out of town for a week or so and don’t have it, I get sick! Nuts. I take about 1 1/2″ of chopped Tumeric and 1″ of Ginger and boil it in my tea kettle for about 10 min. I add pepper and cinnamon to the teapot and 3 bags of Red Zinger Tea. After it cools to almost body temp., I add 5 bags of Numi Gunpowder Green Tea and steep just for 5- 10 min. maybe. People generally make the mistake of boiling green tea( and too long). It makes it bitter. Normally I’ll add enough water for my 2 liter pitcher…add some “Nu-Stevia” to sweeten. I drink it all day. It’s slightly peppery and tastes great! It’s the best way to get my water in and apparently, this is full of whatever my body needs! Read up on the benefits of Tumeric. It’s amazing.

  139. Carol Smith  Says:

    I’ve had the same Tumeric in pots outside for over 3 years not knowing what to do with it. This site has really helped. The last post by Debbie Brennan really helped. I have so much pain in my feet. Maybe trying her tea will help.
    I am in Houston and found Tumeric at the Chinese Hong Kong market on Bellaire Blvd. Don’t know if they have it at this time so call first.
    So easy to grow. My ginger is planted in mostly shade which I read about before planting. Every year we harvest our ginger. Also, so easy to grow.

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