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Growing and cooking taro by Ray Grogan
Indoor taro (winter in Iowa)

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Taro does NOT overwinter in Iowa on its own. The only thing I have tried is to grow it indoors until the next spring.

 

I do all of mine “wetland”, but it could probably survive in a pot.

 

My basement has a reasonably sunny window, and I have 2 halogen bulbs above the plants. (Not showing, but I hang chicken wire down from the lamps to keep the leaves from growing into them and burning.)

 

The only new problem you get from being in a dry indoor garden is spider mites. I keep a spritzer bottle nearby, and mist the plants with a little water / dilute soap every time I think of it.

 

When I am ready to move the plants outside in the spring, I cut off every leaf to prevent taking a bunch of mites outside. (I have tender young apple trees right next to my taro. Otherwise it is probably not a worry.)

 

Winter harvesting can be significant. The plants shown in the picture are just a week after transplanting. I harvest about 5 times, mostly in the early winter. By April the plants are just barely creaking along.
 
 

Here are some newer shots of overwintering taro in Iowa: http://picasaweb.google.com/raygrogan1/TaroIndoorsWinterInIowa#5407112282590028594

On to harvesting and eating