They don’t need to be shooting to plant them. When fresh and tender, the rind of the turmeric is soft and easy to chew or grate like ginger. Turmeric has an annual lifecycle. This means it needs to be workable and malleable. We don’t want them dying due to thirst… But also… don’t drown them…. Generally turmeric will reach a height or about 1 metre but that also depends on the soil, water and light. Today, we are discussing Organic Turmeric Planting, farming methods. I will try some turmeric plants next spring! Gentle, mindful lifting. We also apply by hand, various organic nutritional amendments to the foliage and the soil throughout the entire growing season. With turmeric we don’t want water sitting around the root zone for more than say 10 minutes. One rhizome can send a number of shoots and if you’re a commercial grower you’ll cut the rhizome up into many pieces to increase the number of plants. Growing organic turmeric requires a fertile well, draining soil. Either way, be gentle as there are often a lot of worms living around and in the roots. All of this considered, just consuming fresh turmeric by itself as a spice would be hard to receive maximum levels of medicinal benefits. Likewise, growing organic turmeric depends largely on how well we put those principles into practice. Once the turmeric is free of soil and worms, we can give it a wash and then go about using it. Typically, shoots start coming up out of the ground in late spring. The best thing about using curcumin for medicinal purposes over traditional medical approaches is its lack of side effects! Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is native to South Asia and is in the same family as ginger. This includes heart disease, arthritis, GI diseases, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions. As a result, you have healthy soil microbes and fertile soil. I want to be gentle because I don’t want to hurt any worms and also I don’t want to break the turmeric roots. If my turmeric is growing in a more friable soil with more compost then we might be able to pull it up without using a fork. A well draining soil doesn’t allow water to sit for an extended period of time. Worms can be lodged into the crevices of the turmeric and so I gently pry the roots apart so that worms aren’t injured in the harvesting process. We want to let the leaves turn yellow, for the plants to wilt and for the leaves to die off before we do anything. I say the length of time depends on the plant. It is also used as a colorant for certain foods like cheeses and butter and is a great dye for clothing, soap, and cosmetics. Don’t fret over them, don’t worry about them, just put them in the ground and so long as they get a drink every week or so, they’ll shoot. Each root is planted by hand in individual holes, covered with dirt, and watered in carefully. We can ship to anywhere in the continental USA, providing discounts on bulk orders. Introduction to Turmeric: Turmeric (Curcuma longa L), the ancient and sacred spice of India called as ‘Indian saffron’ is an important commercial spice crop grown in India. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Therefore, juicing is one of the best ways to receive the most concentrated health benefits of curcumin in fresh turmeric. The roots have a bright yellow-orange color and are the part of the plant used for cooking, dyes, and powders. Plants need less water in autumn than in summer so you can back the water off. The fertility comes from the soil biology. We will start seeing the roots and rhizomes of the turmeric and if we’re successful some of the roots will be much larger then our hand. If it’s growing in a clay soil that is quite hard, then I harvest my turmeric by carefully pushing a gardening fork into the soil and gently lifting it up. After being dried on racks, the turmeric is graded and packed in boxes by hand. It means matching the right plant with the right conditions at the right time. Growing organic plants means we’re using organic methods and principles to grow our plants. Learn how your comment data is processed. Our Turmeric is certified as organic by Americert International, and all parts of the growing, sorting, and packing process are completed right here at our GAP Certified facility. As stated above, after harvesting in early to mid winter we can just toss chunks of the rhizome back into the soil. The soil needs to be friable. Try even making a tea by steeping some turmeric with milk and honey for a delightfully comforting beverage. Root crops like turmeric like well draining soils. Thanks. If you’re growing from a turmeric plant (rather than rhizome) then you’ll want to be planting from the spring to mid summer. This will be winter. Some people say one hour is too long for the water to sit, others say 10 minutes is too long. Adding it to greens like collards and chard or soups is also a wonderful option. I’ll write a blog examining it in detail later, but basically, a well draining soil is where water is able to move freely through the soil. If I water my turmeric every second day in summer, in autumn, without rain, I might water every 4-5 days. Turmeric typically flowers in late summer to early autumn, but I’ve also seen it flower in early summer. Moist soil is what we want for storing turmeric in the soil over winter. Organic Turmeric Planting, Growing, Harvesting Techniques. Adding organic matter and keeping the soil covered in a mulch and not allowing the soil to dry out will encourage earth worms and reduce any compaction.