Are you growing turmeric in New Mexico, but don’t know when the best time to harvest them is?
Harvesting turmeric is not as easy as it seems.
- Turmeric have a very short window when they can be harvested and still taste great.
So if you harvest them too early they may not be ready and taste bad. And if you harvest them too late they may become infected with mold, fungus, insects, etc., and become inedible.
Today, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to harvest turmeric in New Mexico:
- To Learn More About HOW to Grow Turmeric, Check Out This GUIDE!
When Do I Harvest Turmeric in New Mexico?
As you may have already guessed, there are two main factors that determine when you should harvest your turmeric: the physical features of the turmeric & weather (time).
Harvest Turmeric if They Look Like This!!!
The physical features of turmeric are what most gardeners commonly rely on to determine if they are ready to be picked off the plant or not.
In general, you should harvest turmeric if they have the following physical features:
- The entire turmeric is a solid red color. If the turmeric is a lighter shade of red, it is not ready to be harvested
- The turmeric is slightly soft. Too hard means it is not ready. Too soft means it is overripe (but still edible)
- Easily able to be deattached from the the plant. This means it has absorbed all the nutrients it needs and is ready.
Harvest Your Turmeric During THIS Time of Year!!!
In general, you should harvest turmeric:
- 65 to 85 days after starting turmeric from seed
- 40 to 50 days after planting turmeric in your garden
- 20 to 30 days after turmeric first appear
And no matter what, you should ALWAYS harvest your turmeric before the first frost of the year. Frost will immediately kill your turmeric plant and make your turmeric inedible.
For your reference, I have created this table for average frost dates for most major cities in New Mexico. If your city is not listed below you can find its Last & First Frost Dates HERE.
New Mexico Last & First Frost Dates
It should be noted that you should not overly rely on the first frost of the year. The average first frost of the year is only correct 30% of the time.
Instead, pay close attention to your local weather.
When you know a frost is coming you need to take action.
- If turmeric are in pots, bring them inside
- If turmeric are in the ground, cover them in burlap and hope they survive
- Pick all turmeric. If they are not ready, place them in a brown paper bag and store them for approximately 1 to 2 weeks to see if they become edible.
If you want to learn WHEN to harvest ANY Vegetable in New Mexico, head over to HERE and just type in the vegetable you want to grow.