Growing Guide: Malanga

Plant Type:
Perennial Deciduous or Evergreen Herb

Although cultivated as an annual, Malanga is a perennial or annual herb (depending on climate) with a thick underground tuber. 

Harvest Season:
Fall, Winter

Malanga is ready to harvest 6-7 months after planting but will have greater harvests in year two.

Mature Size:
3-6 ft tall and wide 

Mature Malanga plants reach 3-6 feet tall and wide. The leaves themselves can grow up to 3 feet in size. At the base of the plant is one main tuber, which stores nutrients to last the plant through the winter.

Soil & Moisture:
Fertile, well-draining, moist, loamy and acidic soil. Malanga likes moist soil but can also be drought tolerant; do not let completely dry out between watering and over-watering, will make the plant prone to root rot. 

Light Requirements:
Part Shade, Shade, Full Sun

Self-Fertile: 
Yes.  Malanga plants rarely flower or produce seeds and rely on the roots for propagation.

Growth Rate: 
Fast 

Zone Hardiness: 
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+. Malanga is deciduous north of Zone 9 and evergreen south of Zone 9.

Propagation: 
Our Malanga plants are propagated from division or tissue culture and large tubers are ready to harvest within 6-7 months (200 days).