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 Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.  
  2. Plant the root piece out in 80 cm intervals, 5 cm deep. Cover lightly with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well.  
  3. Water regularly. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate
  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 Premium Potting Mix.  
  2. Plant the root piece out 1 per pot, 5 cm deep. Cover lightly with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well.  
  3. Water regularly. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate
  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.

Companion plants


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