The colorful Curcuma is a unique and elegant plant, bearing some of the most beautiful summer blooms you will ever find. While this plant might look intimidating to some, it is actually pretty easy to grow. Curcuma is a tropical plant, and they love the heat. The gorgeous spires of pink, purple and white flowers will bloom most of the summer season. They look wonderful in garden beds, and also do well when planted in container gardens.
Since Curcuma is a tropical plant, it makes sense that they will not survive in freezing temperatures when left in the ground. Here in Tampa, we don’t have to worry about that too much. However, if you live in a cold-weather climate – then you should carefully dig the tubers in fall, when the plant’s foliage begins to turn yellow. For protection, store them in a frost-free place over the winter.
Colors: Pink, Purple, White
Temperature: Hardy to about 32 degrees in the garden
Height: 24-36 inches
Water Needs: Medium water needs
Outdoor Light: Partial Sun (3-4 hours of morning sun)
Fertilization: Feed during spring and summer with any general-purpose fertilizer. Osmocote Plus Plant Food is an excellent choice. I use it with great results!
While the Curcuma plant can flourish in a container or garden bed, it also can be used as an eye-catching tabletop centerpiece on your deck or patio. It is so beautiful and unique that you are bound to receive many compliments from family and friends! Curcuma also looks beautiful when displayed with other tropical plants – such as Hibiscus, Caladium, and Elephant Ears.
You might want to prune Curcuma in the autumn season, when the foliage dies back. While deadheading is not necessary, many gardeners like to do so. It keeps the plant looking fresh and tidy, especially when it starts to go dormant. Once it does, the flowers fade and the leaves will turn yellow. But again, it is not necessary to deadhead. If you don’t, it will grow just fine the following spring.
For those seeking further guidance on designing a tropical garden, you might want to consider reading Landscaping with Tropical Plants. It’s an excellent resource!