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Growing Taro, also Dasheen, cocoyam

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Not recommended for growing in New Zealand - cool/mountain 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

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
15 Jan 17, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi are we allowed to take raw taro to Australia?
11 Jan 17, Taro (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Hi I was wondering what would be the most suitable variety of taro to plant in nz in any of the sub-tropical regions? Cheers
13 Jan 17, Graeme (Australia - temperate climate)
Japanese taro does really well in port macquarie and it is a nice looking large leafed plant in slightly shadier situations. The round tubers are delicious and a nice size, smalle than other taro but delicious.
29 Dec 13, taro fan (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
can I eat the main tuber of the taro or can I eat only the croms???

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