Growing Flowering Curcuma
Curcuma is easy to grow. Siam™ Splash Curcuma loves warmth and is happiest during spring and summer. The bulbs of the plant (called rhizomes) are edible. The plant is Curcuma, the herb is turmeric and the active ingredient in the herb is curcumine. The Curcuma has an exotic appearance and can be recognized by its large extravagant flowers and long bracts. This stately plant has strong slender stems, large arching leaves and flowers that appear in profusion. If you look closely, however, what look like flower petals are actually bracts that accommodate many tiny flowers. A Curcuma can produce 2 to 5 new flowers, each of which lasts for about 3 weeks.
Care Tips for your Curcuma
Outdoor Care Outdoor curcuma flourishes best in warm and sunny places. The plants will be enjoyable in container gardens or freely planted in beds in the garden.
Indoor Care Curcuma prefers a light, sunny location – on a window sill, for example. A spot directly over the radiator is no problem. At a minimum temperature of 15° C, you can also put your Curcuma outside on the balcony or in the sunroom, but just be sure that no water settles in the cavities formed by the bracts since the Curcuma cannot tolerate this.
Deadheading is the removal of spent blooms and seedpods. Removing faded blooms will help to promote further blooming by directing the plant's energy to produce new blooms. When receiving sufficient light, water and nutrients, a curcuma flower will remain in bloom for about 3 weeks. Once the flower has faded, cut the flower stem as close to the soil level as possible and discard. so that the plant can devote all of its energy to a new flower. A Curcuma plant can produce 2 to 5 new flowers so that you can enjoy it for a long time.