Friday, November 2, 2012

Beautiful Flower of The Turmeric Plant

I just love the smell of the turmeric leaves, extremely fragrant when cooked in dishes, used one whole leave when I cooked some chicken serai last week, so "wangi", (fragrant!).


Back in February, after I harvested my turmeric, I replanted the turmeric root with a young plant growing...well, here it is now.....




This plant was showing signs of wilting and I almost pulled it out a couple of months ago, but thought I'll wait a month or so, luckily I waited, it somehow decided to sprung back to life and is growing well now. Even reward me with a beautiful flower!
Photo : 23/10/2012


 Photo : 23/10/2012


 Photo : 26/10/2012


 Photo : 26/10/2012



 Photo : 26/10/2012
In just a matter of three days, the small yellow flowers are visible throughout, each in a pocket of its own! Beautiful!



 Photo : 26/10/2012


Photo : 26/10/2012

Just the flowers for the time being, it is not the time to harvest the turmeric rhizomes, as the rhizomes are not fully grown yet, I took a peek by gently digging the soil around it, no sign of big fat rhizomes! Usually it will take about a year before the rhizomes are matured enough to be harvested. Once the rhizomes have grown to a substantial size, it can be harvested partially by just cutting part of the rhizomes needed instead of harvesting the whole plant. Another indication that it is ready to be harvested is when the leaves starts to turn yellow and the stems are showing signs of drying. 


HAPPY GARDENING !!

13 comments:

  1. The flower is edible also. My friend used to eat it as ulam..not sure wether she blanced it first or eat it raw..K mar like the young leaves to eat it as ulam. .with sambal and rice..yummy

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  2. How interesting, I have never seen a turmeric plant before. Beautiful flower!

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  3. This is so beautiful , it reminds me of ginger. I have a turmeric bulb that I have procrastinated about planting .. but you have inspired me. Can it handle cool weather?

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  4. Such a nice reward for not pulling it out! Beautiful flower....

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  5. wah d flower so cantik!!! so many petals!

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  6. That's beautiful turmeric flower! Autumn belle have wrote last time that the flowers are edible as salad!

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  7. Joyce, that tumeric flower so cantik! Mine hasn't flowered yet. Once upon a time, my grandma used to eat the flower as ulam. It is very fragrant. Why don't your try that. Goes well with fried fish and sambal belacan.

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    1. Hi Phong Hong,
      Welcome to my potted garden! I need to try the flowers as ulam with sambal belacan when it bloom the next time! Hope your plant will produce the flower very soon! :)

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  8. I've tumeric planted for their leaves but to date have not seen any flowers yet. Your flower is so lush and beautiful. Now perhaps I shall cultivate for its flowers.

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  9. Your turmeric plant has gone full circle! The flowers look so delicious. I am still waiting for mine to flower :(

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  10. Simply.. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW..
    XoXo
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  12. This plant looks very much like a ginger I've been calling a curcuma. The bloom comes up very close to the soil, though mine is pink. Are you familiar with curcuma gingers?

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