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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 plant ( - Kahuroa - Public Domain)
  • Taro leaf
  • 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 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 Apr 19, Rijo Mathew Joy (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
were can i buy Taro seeds for planting
03 Mar 19, Martha Kekana (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Where can I buy Taro leaves in South Africa, fresh or dried? I am in Johannesburg
29 Aug 18, Jean van der merwe (Australia - arid climate)
I’m looking for the small furry variety with almost slimy feel under the skin , very tasty. They are dark brown.
30 Aug 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have never heard of it. Look on the internet for it.
23 Aug 18, Anaheke (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I’d like to grow the Taro Nuie and Alafua sunrise. I live on North Stradbroke Island - Minjeeribah and wondered if you knew where I could buy this variety for planting and eating. Thankyou
24 Aug 18, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Google where to buy it.
30 Apr 18, Chris (Australia - temperate climate)
Cypriots, particularly from the North of Cyprus have been successfully growing taro since the 1950s. It needs a lot of well aged manures, chicken, sheep, cow etc and a huge amount of water. That is why it is not widely or commercially grown in SA. The soil must not be allowed to dry out. Because of water restrictions, many Cypriots grow the plants in 1/2 wine barrels. Good luck. They make great chick or pork stews.
01 Feb 18, Clint (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi, are the seed for sale and does it grow in well in gauteng?
18 Jul 17, Taro (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Planted a whole bag of fijian pink in coromandel in may. Cut the corms up into chunks followed all instructions, but unfortunately they all rotted. Transplanted another variety that was growing before and it was 100% sucess rate although the leaves have produced round brown discolourations. Any suggestion for a particular variety and where to get it from? Cheers
25 Apr 17, Anthony Akachili (Australia - arid climate)
Hi, I live in Perth and I would like to purchase an edible Taro Tubers. For planting and eating.
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