Turmeric is a perennial crop that can be grown in the ground or in a container. Companion planting can be used when growing turmeric to help save space and provide the crop with essential shade. In this article, we go over what are good companion plants for turmeric and what not to plant with turmeric in the garden.
It takes 7 to 10 months from planting turmeric to the time to harvest, so it can be important to try to utilize space between rows of turmeric.
You can plant crops that can help provide shade as turmeric requires partial shade, especially in the harsh afternoon sun. It does not grow well in full sun and grows better when under the shade of other plants in the garden.
Turmeric itself acts as an insect deterrent due to the allelochemicals that it emits. This can be beneficial to other crops that are especially susceptible to harmful pests, like fruit trees.
Good Companion Plants for Turmeric
- Fruit Trees
Beans: In addition to beneficial shade, beans also provide nitrogen to the soil which can help with the growth of some of the nearby crops.
Fruit Trees help turmeric out by providing shade. And turmeric helps repel pests that can be harmful to fruit trees.
Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant all can help provide the partial shade that Tumeric prefers when planted underneath these plants.
What Not to Plant with Turmeric
Corn: When planted with corn, turmeric has been shown to not yield as much at harvest time when compared to being planted with other crops besides corn.
- Effect of intercrops on growth and yield of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.).
- Efficacy of Different Companion Crops to Debar Arthropod Pests in Brinjal Ecosystem