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Colocasia Genus

Taro

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilFertile, Humus-rich
  • WaterMoist or Wet

Description

Colocasia genus (Taro). This genus consists of deciduous or evergreen perennial, marginal water plants. The leaves are heart-shaped. The flowers are small and pale yellow or cream. It is suitable for the edges of frost-free pools, It may also be grown in wet soil in pots. They are frost tender, and should be grown in sun or light shade in mud or shallow water. You can propagate by division in the spring.

Characteristics

Perennials, Deciduous or Evergreens, Aquatics

Other common names

Cocoyam, West Indian kale

Origin

Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage.

Propagation

Division in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites, aphids and whitefly may be problematic under glass.

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