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Taro Stat Summary

Plant Spacing: 18-24" (457-609 mm)
Row Spacing: 18-24" (457-609 mm)
Planting Depth: 6" (152 mm)
Plants Per Person: 1
Soil Temperature: °F (°C)
Days to Emergence:
Recommended Soil PH: 5.5-6.5
Earliest Outdoor Planting: Around Last Frost

Planting Taro

Upland taro are started from sets taken from suckers or main plants; these consist of the upper 1/4 inch section of the cormels and the first 12 inches of the petioles. Dasheen varieties are started from small, unmarketable cormels. Upland taro are flexible, but best results are obtained on deep, well drained, loams with a pH of 5.5-6.5. During soil preparation, add compost and a phosphate fertilizer. Rocky or stony soils should be avoided to prevent deformed vegetables and difficult harvesting. Plant sets 6 inches deep and 18-24 inches apart in rows 18-24 inches apart.

Growing Taro

Taro is susceptible to weed competition during the first 3 to 4 months after planting when the leaf canopy is being formed. Control weeds by hand pulling or cultivating with a hoe. Upland taro requires fertilizing every other month.

Harvesting and Storing Taro

Upland taro is ready for harvest 8 to 10 months after planting. As harvest time approaches, the leaves turn yellowish and the petioles are short, usually less than 2 ft long; the roots protrude from the ground. Dasheen is ready for harvest when all or most of the leaves have dried. Only young leaves used for the luau can be harvested at any time.

Taro Insect and Disease Information

Both leafhoppers and aphids can be a problem. If insects become to much of an issue, apply an appropriate insecticide. Leaf blight is the most prevalent disease. If becomes too pronounced, apply a recommended fungicide.

Taro Yield Information

No yield information for Taro.
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