How to care for curcuma indoors: Persephone’s Plant Guides

In this Persephone Plant Guide, we explore how look after the curcuma as a houseplant. Browse our other houseplant guides. 

A curcuma plant will transport you to an island paradise with its tropical flower. Closely related to ginger and turmeric, the root has long been used for healing. But the plant itself is just as impressive as its medicinal properties. The flowers in the spring and summer are pink or bright jewelled colours, surrounded by lush stalks that stay green all year round. Its varieties reflect its majestic appearance with names such as,  “jewel of Thailand”, “Queen Lily” and “Emperor”.

ABOUT THE CURCUMA PLANT:

This plant requires a warm environment and is most impressive in the spring and summer when it blooms. But it will see you through the winter, when flowers fall, with its rich foliage. It’s low maintenance and is the perfect plant for to brighten up larger spaces, as it can sometimes grow to 4ft.

CURCUMA PLANT CARE:

The curcuma flowers in spring and summer and goes into a dormant period over the winter, so care needs to adapt to its different phases.

Watering & Light

Summer:

  • Try to keep in a warm place without a draft.
  • Keep the top soil moist, but avoid waterlogged soil.
  • Spritz the flower with water to prevent it drying out. The plant absorbs water through the petals of its flower too.

Autumn/Winter:

  • When parts of the plant start to yellow, deadhead the flowers and stop watering so frequently to let the plant have a rest over the winter.
  • Place the plant in a cooler spot while it’s dormant.

Spring:

  • When spring arrives, move your plant into a sunny spot and water lightly. When the leaves start to grow again, resume summer care instructions and enjoy its beautiful blooms once more!

Potting

  • Use an acidic soil with good drainage.
  • Ensure the pot you use has drainage holes in the bottom to prevent the roots from rotting in waterlogged soil.

 

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