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Manihot esculanta variegata Plant
Description for Manihot esculanta variegata
Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
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(s): cassava, manioc, tapioca, yuca, Marachini, Mara valle kilangu, Maravalli, Simla aloo, Simul alu
Flower colours: -
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Max reachable height: 6.00 to 10.00 feet
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow
Planting and 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
Temperature: 16C - 25C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Manihot esculanta variegata
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.
Typical uses of Manihot esculanta variegata
Special features: Root crop in tropical to semi-tropical areas. Foliage annual or container plant for areas that are not frost-free.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
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. The plant s leaves, meanwhile, have been found to contain protein, carotene, and lysine.