Taro, Red (Colocasia esculenta)

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Taro is a hardy herbaceous tropical perennial plant that is both ornamental and medicinal!  It grows and spreads underground through it's edible veggie-like rhizome.  Taro is well known for it's use as root vegetable in Hawaii, Indonesia, and Southeast Asia, and is used to make the popular Hawaiian dish, Poi.

Taro is a fast growing vegetable loaded with antioxidants, essential vitamins, fiber and protein. The root also contains magnesium, iron, potassium, manganese, zinc, copper and phosphorous.  Heart-shaped elephant ear leaves add a beautiful tropical element to any landscape.  

Plant Type
Perennial Herb

Although cultivated as an annual, Taro is a perennial herb with a thick underground tuber. Taro may be deciduous (lose its foliage in the cold season) or evergreen depending on growing zone.

Harvest Season
Fall

Taro is ready to harvest 7 months after planting.

Mature Size
3-6 ft tall and wide 

Mature taro 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. Taro prefers consistently moist soil; do not let completely dry out between watering. Under-watering will make the leaves wilt and curl up.  Taro is suitable for bogs and water gardens. However, over-watering, will make the plant prone to root rot. 

Light Requirements
Part Shade, Shade, Full Sun

Self-Fertile
Yes

Taro plants rarely flower or produce seeds and relies on the roots for propagation.

Growth Rate
Fast 

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation
Our Taro plants are propagated from division or tissue culture and are ready to harvest within 7 months (200 days).

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How to Grow Red Taro

Plant Type: Rhizomatous Perennial Herb

Harvest Season: Fall

Mature Size: 2-4 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings. Is suitable for bogs and water gardens.

Exposure:  Shade, Part Shade, Light Shade, Full Sun

Zone Hardiness: 9-11

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