How to grow taro, cocoyam, dasheen

Taro( dasheen, cocoyam, malanga) is an edible tuber plant popular in the tropics and sub-tropics. It was domesticated in south-Asia and is a main staple in the Pacific islands. In Africa it is called cocoyam. In the Caribbean, among the English speaking region, the edible taro is referred to as dasheen. Other varieties of taro are usually used for animal feed in the Caribbean. In Cuba, it is referred to as malanga.

To plant taro, a corm or root of the taro is needed. The corm can be cut into pieces, to be planted. Soil should be well drained , moist, fertilized with manure or plant compost, avoid rocky soil. Taro plants should be planted 18-24 inches apart and 6 to 7 inches deep. pH levels should be kept at 5.5-6.5. Taro grows in the temperature range of 77° to 95°F (25-35°C). The plant will take a year to grow and produce edible tubers. 

In regards to climate change, a drought resistant variety has been developed in the Pacific region, that can also be utilized in the Caribbean, central America, Brazil, and parts of Africa.

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