Taro Or Colocase (Colocasia Esculenta), Exotic Tuber

Taro or colocase (Colocasia esculenta), exotic tuber: planting, cultivation, maintenance

The taro is a tropical tuber eaten as a vegetable, also called colocase, dream, eddo or cabbage from China. This perennial plant is very decorative: large in size, it has leaves green glaucous 50 to 60 cm long which are borne by a long stalk fleshy one meter. They are very indented at the base, glabrous and slightly shiny. A spadix appears in the heart of a green spoon 15 to 30 cm long.

The tubers are consumed only cooked: very rich in starch, the taro is eaten like potatoes in accompaniment. When the leaves are still rolled, so young, they can be consumed like other vegetables such as spinach. Tubers and leaves also contain calcium oxalate, irritating to the intestines: it is better to discard the first cooking water to get rid of it.

  • Family: Araceae
  • Type: Perennial tubercle
  • Origin: India, Burma, Malaysia
  • Color: green spathe
  • Sowing: no
  • Cutting: no
  • Planting: spring
  • Harvest: November-December
  • Height: 1.5 m

Ideal soil and exposure for planting garden taro

Being a tropical plant, it needs humus soil, moist, deep ideally near a source of water and exposed to shade.

Date of multiplication and planting of taro

It is in the spring that you will divide tubers to replant the fragments that carry buds.

Advice of maintenance and culture of the taro

Generous watering is required. You will remove the leaves yellowed or damaged as and when. Before the winter straw the taro or enter it because it freezes towards -5° C.

Harvest, conservation and use of taro

The tubers are harvested when the leaves have dried, 8 to 9 months after planting. The colocases are kept in the open air protected from rodents and other critters or in a silo.

Diseases, pests and parasites of taro

Aphids, thrips and mites can attack colocase.

Location and favorable association of taro

It is a plant grown at the edge of streams to satisfy its moisture needs.

Not easy to succeed in our climate that is not suitable, but you can try to plant the type species, Colocasia esculenta.

Video: Le Taro (Colocasia esculenta).

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