Growing turmeric outdoors

Asked November 30, 2017, 7:11 AM EST

I was given turmeric rhizome that was harvested this fall. I would like to give it proper dormancy trearment so that I can safely plant it in the spring. What do you recommend both for winter dormancy and spring planting conditions in Prince George's county!

Prince George's County Maryland herbs plant care growing tumeric

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Turmeric is a tropical, native to Southeast Asia, and so is a tender perennial here. Some people grow it in containers that they take inside for the winter.
We don't have a great deal of information about growing it here.

It doesn't need a winter dormancy per se, but we'd suggest keeping it in a cool, dry, dark place, perhaps in an open container of peat moss which has been barely dampened.
Plant it in a container or outside in the early spring after the last frost date, which is usually around Mother's Day.