How to Grow a Taro Root

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Taro is a tuber, similar in some ways to sweet potatoes. Taro is a tropical and subtropical plant, perhaps best known as the ingredient in poi, a traditional Hawaiian dish. Taro planting and care is fairly simple -- given the proper climate and conditions, you can grow taro successfully in your home garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shovel
  • Taro roots
  • Clear a site that receives full morning sun and has rich, moist soil -- even boggy areas are suitable.

  • Dig 6-inch-deep furrows and space the taro tubers about 20 to 24 inches apart. Cover each tuber with about 3 inches of soil. If you're going to have more than one row, space the rows about 40 inches or more apart.

  • Water the rows consistently, keeping the area moist. Water frequently in dry weather. Fertilization is best done with high-potassium fertilizers.

  • Weed frequently, keeping the garden free of invasive plants.

  • Harvest the tubers when the 3 to 5-foot leaves start to turn yellow, about 200 days or so after you've planted your taro. Pull the tubers out of the ground by grasping the stalk below the leaves.

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