I cut this one open to show the dirt level. If it were full, the plant might be a smidge
bigger, but come spring it would have to be “turned over” (dump out the dirt, take one plant, and redo with new
The vision with the half full dirt is to skip the turnover by just filling it up more.
That will give it more root space, and should result in at least fair growth.
(Note – taro plants float – so it takes about 4” of dirt to hold
it down if you are going straight to water. Less dirt is OK if you let it root a week or so.)
Some spring the eventual end will come, with a root bound plant, chock-a-block with
small corms, and no more room for dirt. At that point I will have two good options.
One is to do the “bunch” trick described on the previous page. (Actually,
some of those pix were taken in Iowa.) Just plant the whole blob of roots into a deep hole in the garden outside. If I have
plenty of planting material, and limited garden room, this is the best option for overall easiness at every stage.
The other option would
be to break it apart. This will give many individual corms to plant, which will give more overall garden filled and more overall