The Taro Plant
Now some of you might be wondering What is Taro?
Should I grow it? I’ve probably seen it at the grocery store!
How does it taste? In today’s video we will see
How to grow the Taro plant How to fertilize it
How to harvest it And by the end of this episode…
you will be on your way to growing great Taro in your garden
Taro are of two types Taro are of two types One is the ornamental variety
…they cannot be eaten The other variety of Taro
has green stems and are Edible The corms, tubers or the roots which grow
underground are edible
And the leaves are edible as well In today’s episode we will talk about the
edible Taro variety The Taro plant is mostly eaten for its roots
Its roots have a nice nutty flavor The roots are actually the corms or the tubers
which grow underground and they have a really nice taste No part of the Taro plant must be eaten raw. The leaves as well as the roots must be cooked
before eating The Taro plant grows best in the ground
Growing in the ground gives the plant a lot of space
to expand their tubers And growing in containers is not a good idea
They do not grow well in containers Now as far as soil goes…
The Taro plant needs soil that is well-draining but it loves moisture
So make sure you are watering your Taro plant almost on a daily basis Here are some Taro plants growing in containers And as I mentioned, I do not recommend growing
them in containers You’re going to get a lot of leaves but the
fruit production Or tuber production is very less Taro requires a well balanced fertilizer to start with And as you go into the late season usually in about 2-3 months
You can add extra potassium by mixing in a fertilizer like Green Sand
Now Green sand is an organic fertilizer, rich in Potassium
There are other sources of Potassium as well But I recommend using Green sand
It is a very effective organic fertilizer to increase potassium content in your soil
The best way to propagate the Taro plant is to increase potassium content in your soil
The best way to propagate the Taro plant is by getting roots from a grocer store
You can easily grow Taro Root plant with the roots that you get from the grocery store
However, once your plants are established You’re going to see a lot of off-shoots coming
out of the plant There you can see it, this plant has a lot
of off-shoots Each of these can be grown into a separate
Taro plant Now this plant was grown in a container
And as you can see, it has a lot of off-shoots and a lot of leaves, but hardly any roots
That’s why you should always grow Taro in the ground
Taro Roots usually take about 3-4 months to grow and produce the tubers
So if you plant in Spring, you can harvest in late summer
If you are planting in the summer, you can harvest in the fall
And all the way thru the early winter So to harvest Taro Root, you can either use
a Spade or a Fork Both work equally well
And just pull the plant out like that Now look at the tubers..those are pretty well
developed And this plant is very much ready for harvest
And that’s how your plant looks like When it’s ready for harvest
Those are some nice tubers So let’s look at a couple of plants that were
harvested So what we’re going to do is…
Use these tubers, take them out And then we’re going to discard the tops
We don’t need them now So we’re going to harvest these tubers and
wash them So that’s how it looks like
So its another day of harvest And today we’re going to use a Garden Fork
to harvest Let’s see how that goes…
So it takes about 3-4 months for a Taro plant to grow well, establish itself and form some
nice corms or roots that you can harvest So to harvest with a Garden Fork, we use the
same technique… And we try to push the plant out…
Making sure we don’t damage the tubers And depending on how big the plant is…
you might have to dig in a little deeper And once you feel you can easily pull out
the plant Just pull it out
Then just shake the soil around the plants So you can see the tubers
Now as you start going thru the plant roots…you’re going to see a lot of tubers attached
Just like that It’s a pretty big sized tuber right there
So we have a few more plants to harvest So let’s get going and harvest the other plants
now And keep collecting the Taro root corms or
the tubers as we harvest So there we have it
That’s our harvest Those are the tubers that are most edible
part of the plant Now as I mentioned before the lease are also
edible But in this case that’s going straight to
my compost bin But you can actually cook the leaves, they
taste pretty good So we’ve washed the Taro Roots and put it
on a Paper towel for drying Once you leave it outside for about a day
or so in a well ventilated area, it should cure and store for weeks
So there we have it… Taro is easy to grow
The roots have a nice nutty flavor And I’m sure once you try it out…
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