Growing Taro, also Dasheen, cocoyam

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Taro in Australia - sub-tropical regions)

P = Plant tubers

  • Plant small pieces of tuber or suckers, 5-8cm deep. Best planted at soil temperatures between 20°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 80 cm apart
  • Harvest in approximately 28 weeks. When the leaves begin to die down. .
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best in separate bed
  • Taro plant (commons.wikimedia.org - Kahuroa - Public Domain)
  • Taro Leaf (Japanese Taro)
  • 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

07 Sep 20, Neil prakash (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Looking for island edible taro plants for my garden
09 Sep 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Look up seed selling websites.
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.
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.
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