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Growing Taro, also Dasheen, cocoyam

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Not recommended for growing in USA - Zone 5a regions

  • Plant small pieces of tuber or suckers, 5-8cm deep. Best planted at soil temperatures between 68°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 31 inches apart
  • Harvest in approximately 28 weeks. When the leaves begin to die down. .
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best in separate bed
  • Taro leaf
    Taro leaf
  • Taro root
    Taro root

N.B. Make sure that you plant EDIBLE Taro, some varieties that are grown as ornamental plants are not edible and can have unpleasant results if eaten. There is some useful information here http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_coes.pdf Taro grows to about 1m (3ft) and has long, green, heart-shaped leaves on long stalks. Taro grows well in warm/hot, humid areas - it needs a long growing time, frost free and lots of water. Keep well watered. Dryness will stop growth. Grow in full sun

Taro is damaged by cold or frosty weather. Lift the tubers and store in a cool dry place .

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Taro

Taro can be cooked like potatoes, boiled, roasted, fried or steamed. It is not eaten raw.

Your comments and tips

02 Aug 10, Sheila (Australia - temperate climate)
Can you please tell me where I can get Dasheen plants from? Thanks
18 Jul 11, georgi (Australia - tropical climate)
Do i just stick the top of a store bought taro into the ground? where do i cut it?
21 Oct 11, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I'm in Castlemaine Vic. Is it worth growing taro in my greenhouse here?
23 Apr 12, hugh (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I get(buy) taro (edible) for planting in Melbourne? Thanks I would like your recommendation for a good variety to be brought to a school in Nth-East Thailand (Isarn) for a missionary who teach the people there to plant.(before May 10 2012) Regards.
23 May 12, Taani (Australia - arid climate)
Hi where can I get the taro plants from because I need to grow some.. thanks
29 Sep 12, Andrew (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi where can i buy edible taro in north queensland
11 Nov 13, lilian Ndaya (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
i grow three types of different edible taro, garden egg know as egg plant in Australia, known as anara in Igbo language, okra, yams, green known as amarantus and casava.
21 Nov 12, (Australia - tropical climate)
On the weekend I picked up some edible Taro at the Willow's Markets in Townsville
18 Apr 13, Liz (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
There is an online supplier - search under Lushplants
23 Apr 13, el arish (Australia - tropical climate)
There are many varieties available like bun long, sweet white, tania and Samoan pink. Try the variety you are buying before you plant it to make sure you like that particular taro as they have different flavor. And definitely make sure you are getting a named variety!! Some nurseries don't even know what they are selling.
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Green Harvest at Maleny SE Qld list Taro. They can send to SA. There are no doubt other suppliers. You could try a local Permaculture group for some rhizomes as well. All the best

- John

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