'Taro' is a plant in the Colocasia genus with a scientific name of Colocasia esculenta.
All parts of the taro plant are edible if they are thoroughly steamed or boiled to first remove calcium oxalate crystals. The cooked leaves are used in Hawaiian luaus and the corms are mashed into poi. Prior to the mid-1800s, Colocasia was a staple food crop and the native Hawaiians cultivated hundreds of varieties. Beginning in the 20th century many new ornamental varieties have been developed.
Many ornamental varieties now exist and range in color from black to chartreuse.
A type of aquatic / vegetable, it mainly grows as an annual/perennial plant - which means it can have a varying lifetime - from 1 year to several.
Taro is known for its clump-forming habit and growing to a height of approximately 91.44 cm (2.97 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.
Malaysia is believed to be where Taro originates from.
Taro is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
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This plant is best grown in a water or bog garden and for cultivation is normally grown in paddy fields.
May be grown as an annual or brought inside in colder areas.4
Taro likes a position of dappled sun / partial sun and remember to water very often. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ideally plant in sandy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.5 and 6.5 as Taro likes to be in weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Taro is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.
See our list of companion Plants for Taro to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
If collected from the wild be sure to collect this species and not a related one.2
These estimates for how long Taro takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 43 days | Min 29 days | Max 62 days (4)
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Botanical Name: esculent is an English word taken directly from Latin and means “edible”.3
The Polynesians use taro to make poi.1
Taro was used by the Romans in much the same way the potato would later be used by Europeans.
Elephant ear, yautia
Misspellings: Elephant Ears, Elephant's Ears, Tarrows,