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Turmeric Plants


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Asian cuisine lovers, it's time to experiment with turmeric!  With its lush, fan-shaped leaves, this plant looks stunning in a tropical garden, and fresh turmeric roots will add that next layer of special to homemade curries. Fresh Turmeric supplies can be erratic in the shops, so it's worth trying to grow your own.  

Urban Bounty Turmeric Plants are sold in 1.5 litre pots.

What is Turmeric 

Turmeric is the edible tuber (root) from a tropical plant called Curcuma longa.  Native to South Asia, this plant belongs to the Ginger family.  The rough, knobbly tubers or rhizomes mature beneath the foliage in the ground.  Above ground, Turmeric has lush green leaves that come alive in December and grow to about 1 metre high.  They look absolutely amazing in a tropical garden, or a patio pot.

Culinary Uses for Turmeric 

Fresh Turmeric has a warm, resinous flavour that beats the dried spice we commonly buy in the shops.  It is often used to infuse foods with a  rich golden colour. It has been used for thousands of years in India, China and Japan to bring vibrant colour and subtle flavour to cooking.  The root is often added to curry pastes and powders, but can also be used to flavour and tint mustards, butters and cheese.

Harvest the tubers by digging down and snapping off what you need, but leaving the rest of the clump undisturbed so that it keeps multiplying. 

Growing Conditions - Turmeric

Perennial Turmeric thrives in a warm spot with sun or dappled shade.  Drainage is very important - Turmeric needs light, rich and crumbly soil to do well. It also needs shelter from wind and frost. 

This is a summer plant that will spring up in December and die off in June.  During its growing period, keep the soil around your Turmeric plants moist but not waterlogged, and give your plants regular doses of worm or bokashi tea.  

Remember that this is a multiplying plant that will naturally spread out, so we recommend planting it in a contained space.  Every three years, in October or November, dig the entire clump up to divide into several clumps.  Replant divided  clumps immediately, as they wither if dug up and kept for long periods.  

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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