Curcuma sp.

Common name

Siam tulip, turmeric


Growing Conditions

This plant produces rhizomes like ginger (it is in the same family) and so can be divided to produce more. The more ornamental one is Curcuma alismatifolia which is better as a house plant, but unfortunately is only ornamental. Why not have a go growing your own edible turmeric from rhizomes from a supermarket? True turmeric is Curcuma longa.



Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged and mist regularly. The plant dies down in winter and will grow again in the spring. When dormant, stop watering then in the spring, pot up the rhizomes with fresh compost and begin light watering.



Bright but indirect light is best



Average temperature but can cope with down to -6 degrees C.

Curcuma 'Siam tulip'