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Old 10-19-2019, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been growing taro for only about a year or two. I got my starters from Clemmens. It is a small grocery store. The roots were just visibly sprouting from the top. It took several months for them to sprout, but they finally did. My question is: do you have any tips for growing this root vegetable? The plants are not doing well. Maybe because they are growing in sand that is dry. However, one plant was doing well and had several immature roots about 5 inches long and an inch wide. And guess what happened to them???? A STUPID animal dug under the plant and broke of all the roots. Man was I happy �� :272 3:a rachutenanner::banananinj a::nanert ank:
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Taro like very moist soil. It needs sun and higher temps. It can also be grown in paddies. I have not grown the edible form(might try next year). But the other forms I grown in my koi pond can and I assume you can do with edible form too. In winter I take it in and throw in 5 gallon bucket under lights. Or you can store away for the winter months if you want.
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Taro like very moist soil. It needs sun and higher temps. It can also be grown in paddies. I have not grown the edible form(might try next year). But the other forms I grown in my koi pond can and I assume you can do with edible form too. In winter I take it in and throw in 5 gallon bucket under lights. Or you can store away for the winter months if you want.
Thanks Paulo! I will try growing them in sun in a wet area in my yard, as they are in a dry shady spot now. I will also put on unpainted oak mulch to hold moisture and attract worms and Centipedes.
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Also are you dude growing mustangs?!!?!
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Also are you dude growing mustangs?!!?!
I know I am growing Mustang projects lol. I have 4 them that wandered into my yard lol. But they are kinda rare ones that I got at good prices. To original poster, you can create a wet area by digging hole a foot deep then lining with 6-8 mil plastic. leave top of plastic a few inches below top of soil.
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I also have GTO, Porsche and firebird projects lol. How you find out?
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Wait........ I thought cincinnana said , “Take care of that stable of mustangs out back.....” I thought he was talking about horses.......lol
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I know I am growing Mustang projects lol. I have 4 them that wandered into my yard lol. But they are kinda rare ones that I got at good prices. To original poster, you can create a wet area by digging hole a foot deep then lining with 6-8 mil plastic. leave top of plastic a few inches below top of soil.
you can also line the hole with bentonite, which is used by both water well and oil field in their drilling fluids. also used for making green sand.

have a few early mustang parts around, steering drive train. do you have parts for 68 goat or mid 70's camaro or firebird.?
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Yes bentonite will work well. Trying to keep it simple. Actually my dream would be a bentonite pond for my koi (another hobby)….. I am a car horder lol. I have 2 gto (68 and 69)verts and a lemans (68)vert projects. I just picked up a 1970 formula in tough shape but had good running drivetrain. $3.5k with a hood. It needs work on floors, rear frame rails but has a 12bolt and great running drivetrain! I wanted a trans am but no luck finding a 1973 or before project. ALso have a 1969 firebird vert! What are you looking for? I see stuff a lot here in Mich. All my stuff is project grade. Hopefully will have one of the stangs done over the winter. Banana Joe glad you reminded me about that post otherwise I would have thought stalker or you saw me on one the mustang sites. No living horses lol. I do have 4 pretty desirable mustangs. Your sandy soil is the major problem. We have a lot of clay here in Ann Arbor and it works well with taro (colocasia). I think change of soil or keeping wet will make a big difference.
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Yes bentonite will work well. Trying to keep it simple. Actually my dream would be a bentonite pond for my koi (another hobby)….. I am a car horder lol. I have 2 gto (68 and 69)verts and a lemans (68)vert projects. I just picked up a 1970 formula in tough shape but had good running drivetrain. $3.5k with a hood. It needs work on floors, rear frame rails but has a 12bolt and great running drivetrain! I wanted a trans am but no luck finding a 1973 or before project. ALso have a 1969 firebird vert! What are you looking for? I see stuff a lot here in Mich. All my stuff is project grade. Hopefully will have one of the stangs done over the winter. Banana Joe glad you reminded me about that post otherwise I would have thought stalker or you saw me on one the mustang sites. No living horses lol. I do have 4 pretty desirable mustangs. Your sandy soil is the major problem. We have a lot of clay here in Ann Arbor and it works well with taro (colocasia). I think change of soil or keeping wet will make a big difference.
not really looking for anything except for goat, lemans parts for a friend. a grill basically.

I have a 77 camaro but pretty much have all the parts just need to clear some projects. got most of the rest of the interior recently from a 80 trans am from a wrecking yard but I am sure the car is gone now.

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I have been growing taro for only about a year or two. I got my starters from Clemmens. It is a small grocery store. The roots were just visibly sprouting from the top. It took several months for them to sprout, but they finally did. My question is: do you have any tips for growing this root vegetable? The plants are not doing well. Maybe because they are growing in sand that is dry. However, one plant was doing well and had several immature roots about 5 inches long and an inch wide. And guess what happened to them???? A STUPID animal dug under the plant and broke of all the roots. Man was I happy �� :272 3:a rachutenanner::banananinj a::nanert ank:
I grow taro as filler plants.
The plant is inexpensive and has full and tall foiliage.
They are in 3gal containers and tucked in between pots in the landscape.
They are in a 3inch deep saucer to hold the water.
The plant seems to be a beast and is a heavy feeder in a constant wet environment.
They overwinter well in a dry environment and perk up once brought outside.

Pests.....Mealybugs

I think once your plants are established you will rewarded also.
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Thank you for all the suggestions everyone! ANOTHER pest I forgot to mention is white flies. They congregate on the leaves as SOON as that are open. The old leaves are COVERED on the bottom in old hatched egg shells. Anyone else had the problem? How to stop it? I’ve tried Castile soap in water sprayed on the bottom of the leaves (that is where they are), and it controls it for a little while but in a couple days there back. Thanks 👍
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Thank you for all the suggestions everyone! ANOTHER pest I forgot to mention is white flies. They congregate on the leaves as SOON as that are open. The old leaves are COVERED on the bottom in old hatched egg shells. Anyone else had the problem? How to stop it? I’ve tried Castile soap in water sprayed on the bottom of the leaves (that is where they are), and it controls it for a little while but in a couple days there back. Thanks ��
A Youtube search on white fly/pest control will steer you in a good direction.
Many videos offer very good practices/techniques to control pests on your tropicals.
Pick and choose what will work best for you.
Some even have product links.
Castile soap used as a sticker in conjunction with an insecticide of your choice offers a great inexpensive 1-2 punch.

A forum search will reveal a few good threads on the subject also.

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Brougt mine indoors the last few weeks.
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