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2 Organic Taro Colocasia Esculenta Plants or Rhizomes

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We will ship 2 healthy organic Taro plants 6-8 inches or 3 rhizomes, depending on the season. Please contact us to discuss if you prefer either plants or rhizomes.

This perennial tropical to subtropical plant is cultivated for its starchy sweet tuber. The foliage can be eaten as well and is cooked much as other greens are. It is rich in minerals and vitamins A, B, and C. The tuber is cooked and mashed into a paste, called poi, which used to be a common Hawaiian staple. The starch in the large tubers or corms of taro is very digestible, making taro flour an excellent addition to infant formulas and baby foods. It is a good source of carbohydrates and to a lesser extent, potassium and protein. Growing taro for food is considered a staple crop for many countries, but most especially in Asia.

How to Grow and Harvest Taro
Taro is tropical to subtropical, but if you don’t live in such a climate (USDA zones 9-11), you can try growing taro in a greenhouse. The large leaves grow from 3-6 feet in height, so it will need some space. Also, patience is required, since taro needs 7 months of warm weather to mature. To get an idea of how many plants to grow, 10-15 plants per person is a good average. The plant is easily propagated via tubers. Place the tuber in an area of the garden with rich, moist, well-draining soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. Set the tubers in furrows 6 inches deep and cover with 2-3 inches of soil, spaced 15-24 inches apart in rows that are 40 inches apart. Keep the taro consistently moist; taro is often grown in wet paddies, like that of rice. Feed the taro with a high potassium organic fertilizer, compost, or compost tea. For a non-stop supply of taro, a second crop can be planted between the rows about 12 weeks before the first crop is harvested. Harvesting Taro Roots Within the first week, you should notice a small green stem poking up through the soil. Soon, the plant will become a thick bush that may grow a foot to up to 6 feet, depending upon the species. As the plant grows, it will continue to send out shoots, leaves and tubers which allow you to continually harvest some of the plant without harming it. The whole process takes about 200 days from planting corms to harvest. To harvest the corms (tubers), lift them gently from the soil with a garden fork just before the first frost in the fall. The leaves may be picked as soon as the first few leaves have opened. As long as you don’t cut all the leaves, new ones will grow, giving a continuous supply of greens.
We will ship 2 healthy organic Taro plants 6-8 inches or 3 rhizomes, depending on the season. Please contact us to discuss if you prefer either plants or rhizomes.

This perennial tropical to subtropical plant is cultivated for its starchy sweet tuber. The foliage can be eaten as well and is cooked much as other greens are. It is rich in minerals and vitamins A, B, and C. The tuber is cooked and mashed into a paste, called poi, which used to be a common Hawaiian staple. The starch in the large tubers or corms of taro is very digestible, making taro flour an excellent addition to infant formulas and baby foods. It is a good source of carbohydrates and to a lesser extent, potassium and protein. Growing taro for food is considered a staple crop for many countries, but most especially in Asia.

How to Grow and Harvest Taro
Taro is tropical to subtropical, but if you don’t live in such a climate (USDA zones 9-11), you can try growing taro in a greenhouse. The large leaves grow from 3-6 feet in height, so it will need some space. Also, patience is required, since taro needs 7 months of warm weather to mature. To get an idea of how many plants to grow, 10-15 plants per person is a good average. The plant is easily propagated via tubers. Place the tuber in an area of the garden with rich, moist, well-draining soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. Set the tubers in furrows 6 inches deep and cover with 2-3 inches of soil, spaced 15-24 inches apart in rows that are 40 inches apart. Keep the taro consistently moist; taro is often grown in wet paddies, like that of rice. Feed the taro with a high potassium organic fertilizer, compost, or compost tea. For a non-stop supply of taro, a second crop can be planted between the rows about 12 weeks before the first crop is harvested. Harvesting Taro Roots Within the first week, you should notice a small green stem poking up through the soil. Soon, the plant will become a thick bush that may grow a foot to up to 6 feet, depending upon the species. As the plant grows, it will continue to send out shoots, leaves and tubers which allow you to continually harvest some of the plant without harming it. The whole process takes about 200 days from planting corms to harvest. To harvest the corms (tubers), lift them gently from the soil with a garden fork just before the first frost in the fall. The leaves may be picked as soon as the first few leaves have opened. As long as you don’t cut all the leaves, new ones will grow, giving a continuous supply of greens.

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  • Reviewed by birukwoldu1
    5 out of 5 stars
    Aug 14, 2018
    It already growing up. Thanks for the extra one.
    3 Healthy Cuttings Organic Chaya Tree Spinach Cnidoscolus aconitifolius

  • Reviewed by Karen Julien
    5 out of 5 stars
    Aug 8, 2018
    These sweet potato slip came in healthy and well packaged! Planted that day and 3 months later 12 slips are huge and spilling several feet out of a 4x8 box! Can’t wait to harvest them! Thank you so much for
    12 Beauregard Organic Sweet Potato Slips / Cuttings

  • Reviewed by vreyna75
    5 out of 5 stars
    Jul 11, 2018
    Amazing customer service. Hands down experts! The first package of slips didn’t arrive healthy due to the heat, but they message me before the slips even arrived to warn me. They worked with me to try to revive the slips, and when the slips didn’t make it, they sent me more. Truly a great experience; they are knowledgeable and stand by their plants. I appreciate their assistance and quality service.
    12 Beauregard Organic Sweet Potato Slips / Cuttings SHIPPING JUNE 25TH

  • Reviewed by bwampol
    5 out of 5 stars
    Jul 6, 2018
    Wildwood Edibles has been amazing!
    I have ordered sweet potato slips from them for two years. The first year I got a huge harvest of wonderful sweet potatoes-- some bigger than my forearm!
    This year I ordered the slips, and due to some unseasonably hot weather, they arrived in the mail looking very puny. I planted them, but, unfortunately, I could not save them. I messaged Christine and she immediately sent me a second batch which are doing great. I'm looking forward to another great harvest!
    12 Beauregard Organic Sweet Potato Slips / Cuttings

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