Dischidia Ruscifolia, Million Hearts ( Green ) - Plant
Taro may be started from a bulb (actually a corm), a cormel (the small corms that form as offsets of the parent corm), offshoots of the parent corm, or even the top Â½ inch of the parent corm with about the first 8 to 10 inches of the leaf petioles (stems).
Common name: Dischidia myrtillus
Bloom time: Rarely flowers
Height: 3.00 to 5.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Also, select a site that gets full sun. For dependable blooms, plants need six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day. If itâ€™s too shady, the stems will attempt to lean towards the sun or get spindly and fall over. Most of the popular varieties prefer acidic to neutral soil, but some are lime-tolerant or prefer alkaline soils.
Sunlight: Part shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Water: Medium to wet
Temprature: 65Â° F
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Do not prune plants in the fall.
- Simply cut off any dead or diseased canes.
- Stop fertilizing 6 weeks before the first frost but continue watering during dry autumn weather to help keep plants fortified during the dry winter.
- Mound, mulch, or add compost after a few frosts but before the ground freezes.
Under especially favorable circumstances, taro can reach 6 feet in height, with gigantic 24 inch heart shaped leaves. Their appearance immediately types them as tropical and they are very effective in pots and tubs and at waters edge with other tropical foliage.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Leaf hoppers and aphids are a problem only if present in great numbers. Corms, especially the cut corm top, are subject to rot if kept too moist initially, but once established, thatâ€™s unlikely to be a problem.