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The very versatile crop is the staple of many pacific counties. The taro leaves are cooked as a nutritious vegetable, the corms are white with purple tint starchy and easy to digest, making taro a great substitution for potato. The large heart-shaped green (sometimes purple) leaves are very attractive, however make sure only consume the edible species: Colocasia esculenta.

How to grow taro in a garden

  1. Choose part shade spot in your garden with well-drained soil. Enrich with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.  
  2. Plant the root piece out in 80 cm intervals, 5 cm deep. Cover lightly with Yates Seed Raising Mix and water well.  
  3. Water regularly. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie and Herb Liquid Plant Food
  4. Harvest by digging the roots out in autumn. 

     
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How to grow taro in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 500 mm wide and deep and position in a bright or part shade spot. Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.  
  2. Plant the root piece out 1 per pot, 5 cm deep. Cover lightly with Yates Seed Raising Mix and water well.  
  3. Water regularly. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie and Herb Liquid Plant Food
  4. Harvest by digging the roots out in autumn.

Growing tips

  • Make sure cook taro well before eating to avoid stomach aches; 
  • Handle taro with gloves as the sap can irritate skin; 
  • Bog garden would be great for taro; 
  • Taro does not store well, leaves the roots in the soil until needed.

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