Taro: an excellent edimental house plant

While we’re on the subject of taro (Colocasia esculenta), I’m reminded that it can make an excellent edimental house plant which I put out in the garden in summer! The dark leaved cultivars such as Black Magic are particularly edimental!

Collection of taro, tarua and Papyrus in my pond area some years back
In flower
In flower
In flower
You can even harvest once a year!

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2 thoughts on “Taro: an excellent edimental house plant”

  1. Many varieties of the three genus Colocasia, Alocasia and Xanthosoma are grown as food in the tropics. Cultivation advice in France is to start as early as March indoors for an October harvest, but all shops seem to sell the same clone.

    Jack’s Giant is said hardy to zone 7/8. It’s believed to be a triploid. Most C. esculenta x gigantea hybrids are triploid, and most of taro clones flower scarcely. They don’t seem to suffer from diseases apart from Phytophthora colocasiae in Asia. I wish I can grow it next year.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Julien :)
      I grew tarua which I think is Xanthosoma sagittifolium (seen in one of the pictures) as a house plant for a few years… Taro is much hardier than you would expect and grows outdoors in our cool climate where it rarely gets above 20C in summer :)
      Good luck!!

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