Grow your own Turmeric

by M.D. Creekmore on August 22, 2012 · 10 comments

Turmeric can be planted and you can harvest it. Simply buy the roots at an Indian market, dip them in water and root hormone, and pot them. They will grow and multiply and you will always have turmeric. They also produce a beautiful flower and potted plant. I ordered mine from they carry both white and yellow turmeric.

Tip from L.


JP in MT August 22, 2012 at 10:18 am

Thanks for the source.

Bam Bam August 22, 2012 at 11:20 am


You can do the same thing with green onions (scallions) all winter long. Just buy them from the store, stick them in water for a few days, and then stick them in the ground. They will regrow the tops. I am fixing to put in some green onions and some celery.

If you have tumeric and mustard seeds, you can can your own bread and butter pickles. Add some dill and you’ve got dill pickles.

Of course you will need sugar and vinegar as well.

karena August 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Bam Bam,

Do you cut the tops of the green onions and put the bottom white (root) part in water?

I would like to try this.

Martha P August 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm

That’s what you do. In summer I stick the roots in the ground. You can cut and re-root over and over! Window sill in cold weather, ground in summer!

Bam Bam August 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm


Yes, just remember to change the water each day. Most green onions come with a pretty good root system. I just put them in water until I have time to go out and stick them in the ground. Celery takes a few days to root. But it grows back just the same.

Kelekona August 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Ginger works the same way. Keep on the lookout for a “sprouty” root at the store and plant that portion.

Lantana August 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Thanks, L! Perfect timing, too–just found this article last night on turmeric’s benefits and was going to ask our resident herbalists for their thoughts and experiences.

Wonder how well it would grow in Texas?

Lantana August 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Okay, this source says it should be in containers in climates that get below 65F, but several commenters have had success in a broader range of climates:

Bam Bam August 22, 2012 at 9:44 pm


Tumerica is native to South Asia whee it’s tropical. So it should grow just fine in Texas. Here in Florida, I can probably grow it year round. I am going to give this a try.

Lantana August 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Thanks, BamBam!

We’re too far north to hope to grow it year round outside, but it’d be certainly worth trying it as an annual outside and in a container to bring inside.

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