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Brendan starts with ...
Here's a pic of a taro my brother grew.
It's a good size, but years ago, they would grow twice that size on the Pioneer river banks!
They are yum with lots of butter, salt & pepper, after they're cooked.
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trikus says...
Not a bad size mate . Seen some enormous ones grown around here . Some cultivars are superior eg. bunlong . Going to make some
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbook:Sinigang

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speedy says...
Yum,
I love taro, baked as chips, boiled in coconut milk, boiled pounded to a puree and fermented an couple days (poi) , taro leaves...
too dry to grow it well here :-(
I used to grow beds of it in Nthn NSW.
some Asian varieties and some Hawaiian poi varieties

chop the top off and replant after dinner ;-)

Hey trikus is that an invitation to dinner?
my kinda food! ;-p
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snottiegobble says...
There are taro plants for sale at a nursery locally,& theyre in ponds so would I be right in assuming they need shallow water to
thrive?
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Brendan says...
Hi SG,
Not really. They thrive in a very loose soil/compost, with lots of fertilizer and mulch, and being always moist.
In a 1200mm wide garden bed, I used to grow them in a row down the middle, about 500mm to 1m apart, as they grow that big. (up here :-)
You'll get lots of 'pups' too.
My next Taro bed will be at the end of the bath water drain, in raised beds with compost.
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trikus says...
it depends ,,,, they grow very well here out in the paddock , but ,, mine is like a pond right now . and 2.4m of rain so far this year .. yes they do thrive in water , the perfect plant for aquaponics .

speedy you are welcome up here any time ..
the Sinigang was delicous , must try some more Filipino food .

There a several decorative cultivars of Colocasia , also many other related species that do not get large tubers .
And ones that can be a great pest in the garden producing very long runners
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Brad says...
sheesh trikus - we've probably had 2.4m in the last 5 years! hope the cleanup and community spirit is going ok
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snottiegobble says...
Thanks folks, I will need to find a way to retain water in my soily sand. Will taro grow in large pots?
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trikus says...
Buckets would be better .. one forum I am in 'taro and ti' a yahoo group .. one member reported on his mini aquaponics system using 20 lt pails with some sludge he cleans out of a large pond and little aerators . you would have to watch for mossies or put in some little fish .. or keep topped up with coarse sand .
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Charles cant spell says...
Just make and in-ground wicking bed SG. Basically a glorified mud puddle which is all the Taro I have seen and have growing needs. Or make yourself a nice big water feature for your Taro Arrowroot, Water Chestnuts, water cress, water parsely and kangkong etc.
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snottiegobble says...
Thanks trikus & charles. I have 3 small ponds already but not big enough for taro. When the nursery got in her stock she placed them in one of her goldfish ponds. Not long after the water went oily & you couldnt see the fish. I believe the taro (because they werent planted) were sapping the water of its oxygen.
I once grew water chestnuts in long trenches lined with silage plastic.
I placed compost & well rotted manure in the bottom then covered with sand.
They grew very well, but harvesting was extremely labour intensive & frankly not worth it. I used rosy barbs & zebra fish as mozzie eaters & removed them to indoor tanks for the winter after harvest.
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Leanne says...
Hi Everyone,

I am interested in growing Taro, but someone told me they could be toxic to dogs - does anyone know if this is true?
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snottiegobble says...
Hi leanne, dont know about taro, but chocolate & xylitol certainly is!
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speedy says...
Macadamia nuts too.
No good for dogs to eat.

Taro no good fo dogs to eat, cause they wouldn't cook it :-)
No good for people either unless you cook it.
more irritating than deadly X-P
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amanda says...
Leanne - are u concerned your dogs will dig up the Taro and eat it?
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Leanne says...
Yes- I have a kelpie who likes to investigate things by generally chewing them up or dragging them around the yard :) my husband and I have fenced off most our plants but if there is any risk of toxicity it's probably not a good idea for me just in case he gets to them. Thanks for the info everyone.
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amanda says...
I hear u Leanne! My Border Collie nicked all my heirloom tomatoes, the apples - etc... Well - it never made him sick as such - but it's a pain and some things are not good for dogs (eg: onions!) My Grandad used to "make available/tempting" the chosen fruit/veg with hot english mustard or tabaso inside. I'd go for the anti-nail biting nail polish myself! It's truly disgusting!? Only happens with smart dogs Leanne :)
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Also watch dogs don't have access to grapes, even a smallish amount can be fatal. Same goes for sultanas and raisins, they cause acute kidney failure.
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Jantina says...
Think this thread's been hijacked ha ha. Had no idea so many things were toxic to dogs.
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John I. says...
Hi Phil, I don't dispute your claim but growing up on a vineyard in Mildura I can tell you from experience that few dogs are interested in eating grapes. I guess those that are interested are the victim of natural selection ;0)
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Leanne says...
lol sorry didn't mean to hijack the thread. Thanks again for all the help - might start another thread later about toxic plants because it is useful to know especially for kids and pets. Maybe I need to get goldfish instead of the dog :)
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Jantina says...
That's a good idea Leanne, a friend of mine has horses and there's a long list of things toxic to them too.
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amanda says...
It would be a good thread! I had no idea about grapes being bad for dogs - thanks for that Phil. While I may not give our dogs those things - there is no telling what my 7yr old might "think" the dogs would like - when I am not watching!?
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snottiegobble says...
Dont forget all varieties of OLEANDA are deadly to horses,donks & probably zebras, but maybe we dont need to worry about the latter :)
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taro-lover says...
Can someone please tell me where I can find taro plants here in Sydney, would really like to grow some but I have no idea where I can get them from???
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John Mc says...
There's a great fruit tree nursery at Canley Vale (Canley Vale Nursery) Might be worth a phone call. I have a few unknown's from an NZ gardener, but haven't propagated themselves yet.
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Zady says...
Just to help hijack the thread a little more, Oleander is deadly to every animal, including humans. And it doesn't take much, even out camping and using an oleander stick to stir your the sugar in your tea can be enough.
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cartman says...
Mildura, plenty of dogs on grape farms eat grapes and sultanas, some are obsessive. Foxes also eat a lot, and grape or dried sultana filled scats are common to find. I,ve heard about the toxicity, but it doesn't seem to stack up????
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