Colocasia esculenta 'Manini 'Owali'

Hawaiian taros are both traditional food and showy ornamentals. 'Manini Owali' has leaf stalks streaked in black and different colours. Leaves are green. Crop cycle is fastleaf stalks

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Streaked black leaf stalks hold green leaves. Crop cycle is fast: 7-12 months from tip cutting to maturity. This cultivar is suitable to both flooded and drained types of cultivation (Wetland/Upland). Corms of ' Manini Owali' are cooked for table use in traditional polynesian cuisine: steamed, baked, fried or boiled. 30-40 minutes of boiling is usually enough.

Taro or Ñame is the edible corm of a spectacular plant with large leaves. Colocasia esculenta has large exotic foliage and produces thick edible "roots". It is an ancient crop native to a wide area of the world, from India to New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. It was also spread to Africa and Southern Europe in the far past.

Colocasia esculenta is easy to grow in moist to wet or even flooded soil. Full sun is recommended for the healthiest growth and the heaviest crop.

Growing taro in a pot

If you plan to grow Colocasia esculenta in a pot, then any pot is sufficient as long as it has a dish with water below. But a size of about 30 cm will allow the plant to bear its beautiful huge leaves and produce a few corms for the kitchen.

What do we ship?

Depending on season and availability we will send a corm with few or no leaves, or a plant in a pot, or a plant bare-rooted in sphagnum. In any case you will receive one healthy plant!

Cultivation Protected
Plant origin Oceania
Presentation Bare root
Max. Size 70cm-200cm
Botanical family Araceae
Light Sun
Minimum winter temperature 0 ºC to 10 ºC
Plant type Herbaceous
Care Pot
Shape Perennials