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

14 May 20, László Kántor (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Are any of the giant arrowroot/taro varieties -- like the Dasheen grown in wet soil in Kenya -- available to buy in Australia?
15 May 20, Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
Read the comment below I posted yesterday.
13 May 20, László Kántor (Australia - tropical climate)
Is the "Burundi" variety of taro tuber (or corm) available in Australia?
14 May 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go to daleysfruit .c**.au or greenharvest.c**.au on the internet. Not that variety but what is the common grown in Australia. Green Harvest has a great article on how to grow it etc.
22 Sep 19, Silala Vea (Australia - tropical climate)
Can I plant taro here in Austral Sydney?
23 Sep 19, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Plant Oct-Nov it says here.
02 Apr 19, Rijo Mathew Joy (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
were can i buy Taro seeds for planting
12 Apr 20, Prakash Chandra (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Taro has no seeds. It is propagated by removing the offshoots from the mother plant (corm) when they are roughly 15 cm high or buy a taro tuber (the one that is used for eating ) and cut the top section with about 2 cm of tuber intact. Leave oi for a bout two days and plant it about 6-7 cm deep in the soil. Water plenty Taro plants can be bought from plant suppliers or sometimes in markets Be careful whether you want for eating or as ornamental.
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.
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Hi, are the seed for sale and does it grow in well in gauteng?

- Clint

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