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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Swamp Taro - Colocasia esculenta L.

One of my favorite plants, especially the aquatic types, these does so well in swampy, bog, wet areas that they are so ideal for aquatic water feature plants. Also they are not fussy plants and easy to handle.

The only challenge was finding out their ID as they have so many Synonyms and common names that one identification doesn't fit the bill. For one, this is considered an edible crop plant cultivated for the tuber for food - Taro

Anyway there all fall in few category, this one I believe is from the common variety known as
Colocasia esculenta.

Since there are hundreds of different varieties, I'm not chasing for them but being selective in my collection - here, I'm only interested in collecting unique coloration or features that this particular ones are showcasing.

This one has dark stem with slight lighter contrast of the center midrib from the total leaf surface coloration. The foliage is waterproof and won't stay on leaf surface if watered.

Plant Care:

Light: Bright Indirect Sun Area to Semi Shade Area.
They can be grown on direct sun but requires a swampy condition - loves wet feet areas.

Watering - They love over watering and can also tolerate dry conditions but won't grow bigger than usual in dry conditions.

Feeding: General Plant Feeding Care - not too particular as this is not a sensitive plant

Pest: Spider mites at underside of leaves.

Propagation: By Tuber Division.
When the tuber grows big, cut into several pieces and let it totally dry out for few days and plant it in a rich potting medium and observe for new growth. Once the plant-let sprout out 2-3 new leaves, transfer into a separate pot and let it allow to grow more freely with root space.

Also this plant do give out new plant sprouting from it side which can be easily removed and replanted separately.


Foliage: Waterproof with light coloration on midribs from leaf surface with a slight faint red dot at the center.

Stem: Dark Burgundy colored stem. 


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