The Curcuma (also called Siamese or Thai tulip) belongs to the exotic sounding Zingiberaceae family. It originates from Thailand, but also occurs in India, Malaysia and Pakistan. The Curcuma has been grown there for more than 5000 years. Initially, the root was only used to color clothing, only later was it discovered the special taste and the healing and cleansing effect for the whole body.
This beautiful relative of the ginger is probably best known for its bright yellow color, curcumin, which is widely used in food. The rhizome of some variants is edible and known in the culinary world under the name yellow root, koenjit or turmeric. This is used for flavoring and coloring food. Our Curcuma, however, is an ornamental plant that unfortunately does not make this herb, but the ease in care and the soothing jungle atmosphere that this plant causes make that lack amply good.
With the stately Curcuma you will bring the tropics home. With its large extravagant flowers and long leaves, it gives your interior an exotic look.
Your ornamental plant Curcuma is not suitable for consumption. Special cultivated varieties are used for cooking with turmeric.
The Curcuma is a real sun worshiper and therefore prefers to be in a place with lots of sunlight. For example, a window frame is a great place for the Curcuma. If it is above 15 ° C, the Curcuma can also be perfectly outside.
Keep moist, the soil must not dry out:
The Curcuma comes from the rainforest and is therefore used to a lot of water. In fact, she prefers moist potting soil. In general, watering twice a week is sufficient. Just make sure that there is no water at the bottom of the pot, the roots of the Curcuma will rot when they are standing in the water for a long time.
With sufficient light, water and food, a flower will bloom for about 3 weeks. When the flower has finished flowering, cut it as low as possible above the ground so that the plant can put all the energy into a new flower. A Curcuma can give 2 to 5 new flowers so that you can enjoy it for a long time. Your ornamental plant Curcuma is not suitable for consumption. Special cultivated varieties are used for cooking with turmeric.