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Manihot esculanta - Plant

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Manihot esculenta is a woody shrub native to South America of the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae. It is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, a major source of carbohydrates.

Common name: cassava
Color: Greenish-white
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Height: 6.00 to 10.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Good cassava plant care should include the use of a slow release fertilizer in spring. Keep the plants moderately moist. To preserve the plant, move it to a pot indoors before freezing temperatures. Overwinter cassava in a warm, well-lit location and transplant outside when soils heat back up.

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: 16°c

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • Provide plants with a slow-release fertilizer at the start of the season, and water as needed.
  • Before the first frost, place plants indoors in a warm area under fluorescent lights until spring.
  • Propagation: In midwinter, place two- to three-node stem cuttings flat on the soil surface.


Special Feature:
Root crop in tropical to semi-tropical areas. Foliage annual or container plant for areas that are not frost-free.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is a plant sometimes used as an herbal remedy.
  • The root of the plant is also used to make tapioca, a starch found in puddings and other foods.
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  • The plant s leaves, meanwhile, have been found to contain protein, carotene, and lysine.

Culinary use:
  • leaves

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


Note:
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.

Reference:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=280113&isprofile=0& http://www.flowersofindia.net/risearch/search.php?query=cassava&stpos=0&stype=AND
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