Growing Turmeric and Zedoary

Cultivating Curcumas

A Look At The Cultivation of Curcumas


Seed is planted from

March until early May.
Rhizomes are laid in
furrows at 15cm spacing and covered with soil.



June - New turmeric

shoots. All summer the
rhizomes will be
growing with vigor.


They recieve the bright summer sun and grow

large. Soil is mounded
around the bases of the stems.

In August the plants
have grown to chest


Zedoary leaves wither
as temperatures drop in winter


February - Dry zedoary
leaves are chopped and mulched. Even the dead leaves are durable so it
is difficult to do by

Curcumas that have
grown deep into the
ground are dug by
tractor with a potato
harvester attachment.

A rhizome has been
washed after being dug.
Only large rhizomes will go on to processing.

The small,
ginger-shaped pieces
are seed for next year.


Our Farming Method
We abstain absolutely from the use of herbicides, pectides and chemcial fertilizers.
Our primary crop amendment is manure from chickens that receive no antibiotics or chemicals.


Turmeric rhizomes are planted in spring, from March to May. Furrows are dug and the seeds are laid at 15cm (6in) intervals and covered with a light layer of soil.


Under the summer sun the plants grow large leaves. Soil is mounded around the base of the plants. Weeds grow fiercely, but pesticides are rejected in favor of weeding by hand.


By August the plants have grown to chest height. The plants are ready to grow hearty rhizomes, but when a typhoon comes, things often dont play out as we hope.


In winter, cold winds dessicate the curcuma leaves. It is said that the plants are still growing and absorbing nutrients. For this reason, curcumas grown in warmer climates produce a greater harvest thanks to the longer growing season.







Video: Wild Turmeric Harvest