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Colocasia esculenta ‘Fontanesii’

Dasheen

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to November
  • Height0.8m to 1m
  • Growth HabitLarge-leaved
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Colocasia esculenta ‘Fontanesii’ (Dasheen). ‘Fontanesii’ has dark purple stalks and bronze-tinted leaves and is more of an ornamental cultivar. May have a large amount of irritant crystals in the tubers, which can be removed by repeated boiling.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Vegetable

Origin

Tropical East Asia

Interest and use

Culinary

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilFertile, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

This crop has a minimum growing temperature of 10C and a maximum growing temperature of 35C; the optimal growing temperature is between 21C and 28C.

Propagation

Division in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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

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