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 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 ( - 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 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

08 Mar 21, Phelelani (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Where can I buy taro seeds in south Africa? Can it be delivered
08 Mar 21, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Taro is usually grown from cuttings. See here
23 Feb 21, Nobahle Masondo (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I just want to know where can I buy the taro seeds in Pretoria?
25 Feb 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try plant suppliers on the internet.
01 Feb 21, Donna (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi there can you tell me please where I can buy edible taro plants ? I live in feilding
02 Feb 21, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Try seed selling companies.
01 Jan 21, Lole Junior Gaugau (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
i want to start growing up north island just need to know where i can get some to grow
05 Jan 21, B (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Look up NZ seed selling websites.
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.
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