Turmeric, Curcuma longa, Organic
History / Habitat and Distribution: Turmeric is native to the rainforests of southeast Asia. It is a perennial herbaceous plant in the ginger family Zingiberaceae. The tuberous rhizomes, or underground stems, have been used since antiquity as a spice, a condiment, a textile dye, a perfume, and medically as an aromatic stimulant.
Description: The turmeric plant grows to three feet and has beautiful oblong dark green leaves that are about five inches wide. The translucent white, yellow and maroon spike-like flower stalks are so beautiful it’s worth growing turmeric just for the flowers let alone the other ornamental, culinary, nutritional and healing properties of Curcuma longa.
Cultivation: Grow turmeric as annual in climates colder than zone 8, or a winter hardy perennial in zones 8 and higher. Turmeric is also easily grown in a container and moved to protection for those who wish to grow as a perennial in climates colder than zone 8. Turmeric grows best with morning sun, some afternoon shade and moist soil that has been amended with organic matter. Turmeric prolifically produces rhizomes that are ready for harvest in late fall or early winter. It's easy to know when to harvest your turmeric root, it's ready when the leaves die back and the plant goes dormant. As a perennial, turmeric dies back during winter freezes but will return reliably in late spring. No serious insect or disease problems with Curcuma longa. It's an easy and reliable grower!
Comments: Turmeric has a number of well-known uses including culinary (the ingredient in the distinctive taste and yellow-orange color in curry powder), medicinal (claimed to help relieve pain and inflammation, clean wounds, lower blood pressure, treat liver ailments and contain Alzheimer’s disease), and dark yellow dye (food coloring and cosmetic dye, a less expensive saffron-substitute). Plant leaves are sometimes used for wrapping and cooking food. Plant flowers may be eaten as a vegetable.
With its tropical foliage, showy flowers, and many other important benefits, turmeric is a beautiful, easy and very useful addition to any garden.
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Notes & Policies:
- All plants are safely shipped bare root in sterile medium.
- "Size" refers to growing container sizes appropriate for plants being sold.
- Please use text/email tracking alerts. Try to receive your plant directly from the carrier to avoid damage due to extreme temperatures and or lack of humidity.
- Please do not place an order when extreme weather conditions or temperatures are likely.
- ❄️ Winter shipping ? Protect your plant(s) with a 🔥 Shipping Warmer ! A northerly route and or possible delays during shipping could damage your tropical plant(s). If you did not add a shipping warmer to your order we cannot be held responsible for cold damage to your plants during transit in winter weather.
- All of our plants are grown in various amounts of shade, therefore your plants will require a slow introduction into appropriate amounts of sun.
- In most cases your plants will benefit from providing an environment of enhanced humidity upon arrival until root function has normalized.
- All seeds are from a proven viable source. All seeds are inspected and tested prior to dispatch. Germination rates are not quoted or guaranteed due to the use of various individual germination techniques. Typical germination rates provided on request.
- Buyer assumes risks due to state agricultural regulations and bare root shipping.
- Refund policy: If for any reason your order is incorrect or arrives in poor condition, we'll gladly issue a refund or make your order right. To be eligible, buyers must please send notification within ( 1 ) day of receiving your order describing the issue(s) accompanied by photos of the unaltered order in its original packing material.
- Propagation is from seed unless other methods are stated.
- Questions ? Don't hesitate to ask. We're happy to help!
Daniela & Dave
Let’s Grow Florida!