Looking to grow taro? This blog will guide you with essential tips on growing taro.
Taro (also known as Dasheen) is a perennial tropical or subtropical plant which possesses a starchy but sweet flavoured tuber. It generally grows upto three feet tall and has light green, heart shaped leaves. The tubers are very small in size and are round like a tennis ball.
Tips on growing taro:
1. Taro can be best planted in a rich, well-drained and moist soil. It grows best in soil pH between 5.5 and 6.5.
2. Always plant taro when the weather and soil has warmed in spring. It takes at least 200 frost- free days for taro to reach maturity.
3. You can plant taro in furrows 6 inches deep and cover with 2-3 inches of soil. You need to space plants 15-24 inches apart in rows, which are about 40 inches apart.
4. Make sure to water the plants regularly. Provide taro with rich organic fertilizer, compost or compost tea. You can also use potassium fertilizer.
5. The second crop of taro can be planted between taro rows about 12 weeks before the main crop is harvested.
6. Try to keep the taro planting beds weed-free and moist.
7. You can harvest the taro tubers about 200 days after planting when the leaves turn yellow and start to die. You can lift the taro roots like sweet potatoes before the first frost in autumn. Taro leaves are best to be picked as soon as the first leaf has opened.
8. You can leave taro tubers in the ground after maturity as long as the ground does not freeze. Afterwards, you can store taro tubers in a cool, dry place.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead with these simple tips on growing taro and enjoy vegetables at home.
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