Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Backyard Taro - 2018

I had planted 4 taro plants of a native variety, 3 were harvested and used for cooking and a last one was harvested today and wanted to replant that. It has quite a number of bulbs.

Bigger ones were planted in a small hole and mulched using straw and other grass. 13 were planted, wanted to check at what rate they germinate, if germination is good and no seed is lost, all such planting can be done in advance, that saves a lot of time since with the start of monsoon there are lot of activities, if somethings can be done early it is an advantage.

Planted areas with mulch.

The remaining seeds were dipped in cowung slurry and kept for drying in shade. They will be kept in jute sacks and will be planted before the start of the rainy season.


Out of 13, could see 12 of them growing, so it looks like, planting the bulbs while harvesting and putting a good mulch is a solid way of planting and saving time.

08-July-2018Even though the plants looks weak at the start of the rainy season, they recover once the rain picks up. Since no growth stage is lost, they really grows fast.


I published an article in 'Ore Bhoomi Ore Jeevan' about this, photos shown below.


There has been no rain for close to a month now, and soil has gone completely dry. Taro has been under water stress.


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