Turmeric Farming Tips
The guide to turmeric cultivation reveals some interesting information about this herb known for its medicinal value. It requires good amount of heat and water logging has to be avoided at all cost.
The land needs to be tilled properly and black or loamy soil should be used. Turmeric farming tips ensure that you are working in the right manner.
Turmeric is an ancient herb which is known the world over for its antiseptic properties. This herb is used in large number of households for cooking purposes. Owing to its vast medicinal value turmeric is grown on a massive scale.
Turmeric’s latin name is “Curcumae Longae” has numerous benefits. It is being used to treat various kinds of diseases like liver ailments, skin problems, ulcers, infections, joint pain. It is known to strengthen the gallbladder and also helps to stop blood clotting.
Before you begin with the farming of turmeric it is important that you prepare the land first which involves tillage and preparing the soil for farming.
It is basically a tropical herbaceous plant. It is perennial by nature. The soil required for turmeric has to be fertile and well drained. It also requires sufficient amount of heat as well as moisture. Basically it grows well in summer months and tends to die in winter. For those living in tropics, you can plant turmeric in any of the season but for those not living in tropics, it is best to plant in spring season. You can plant fresh roots of turmeric directly in the soil also.
Once planted, it takes around two months to grow. Once the plant turns a bit dry, you can dig it up. However, if it is not dried fully and you have dug it up, then it is best to boil the roots and then keep them in direct sunlight for drying. These days dehydrator is also used for drying the turmeric roots.
The temperature required for growing turmeric is around 20°c- 30°. Rainfall of around 1500 mm per annum is said to be good for the turmeric plant to grow well. The kinds of soil in which turmeric thrives well are loamy soil, black soil, and clayey soil. If there is water stagnation or alkalinity then it becomes quite tough for the turmeric plant to stand well. It might suffer from loss of yield.
One plant is able to yield as much 700 grams of turmeric. For preservation purpose, if the turmeric is fresh then you need to store in refrigerator while the dried ones can be stored without refrigerator also.You can cultivate turmeric organically also.
A good thing about turmeric is that you can grow it individually or in combination with other crops also. Turmeric is also grown as a rotation crop with sugarcane, chilli, onion and garlic.