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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

Your comments and tips

26 Sep 16, Peter Tuialii (Australia - arid climate)
I live in Perth ,Western Australia and am looking to purchase edible Taro tubers for planting ...any ideas would be welcome
15 Jul 16, fangfang guo (Australia - tropical climate)
I got taro at home that's good because I want to plant taro thanks for the tip
04 Mar 16, Ian (Australia - tropical climate)
We're at south mission beach in the wet tropics and have a variety which has purplish fleck and a lovely nutty flavour. Any ideas which of the varieties it is. I was given the plants 20+ years ago and told it came originally from Noel Woods garden on Bedarra island.
22 Mar 16, John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The taro with the purple fleck is referred to as the bun long variety and also known as Chinese Taro in the tropics. Its flesh is very soft and preferred by the Asian community, versus the heavy starched variety preferred by Pacific Islanders such Taro Niue (pink taro) and Alafua Sunrise. There are a few commercial growers of Chinese Taro in the Tully and Innisfail areas.
29 Feb 16, Eric (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi I am growing taro in Bargo NSW. I am afther some pink taro to plant any suggestions pls. Thanks in advance
22 Mar 16, John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Eric, as you'd see from my reply to Manu below, there are pink taro (Talo Niue) growers up near Cairns. I suggest if you're up there between December and February, you'll find a few growers selling pink taro at the Rustys Markets on Sheridan St on Saturday and Sunday. I'm sure they'd be more than happy to give you some planting material. Hope that helps.
25 Nov 15, Tui (Australia - tropical climate)
You still planting taro? I want to buy taro leafs please.
18 Jul 15, Jo (Australia - arid climate)
Can I buy taro leafs fro you, , please e mail me on [email protected]
11 Dec 14, Manu (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am after a pink variety of Taro to buy and plant, Talo Niue, Talo ni Samoa are some of the names it can go by. Does anyone know where I can buy a tuber from?
21 Dec 15, John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Manu, plenty of Talo Niue Growers up in Far North Queensland. There are Samoan taro growers selling that particular cultivar at Cairns Rusty's Market every Saturday & Sunday.
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