|Taken from our courtyard, elephant ears, or colocasia, make an excellent addition to our Tucson gardens.|
|Edible taro root is delicious. Not all colocasia are okay to eat. But if you do want to try it, here's the simple recipe. Cut the skin off. Boil the root. Slice the root into small pieces. Throw in fryer. It sounds simple, but it can be quite the process, but the end result is pure happiness.|
However, you don't want to eat them because you'd like to create a tropical vista in your yard instead. Simple. Just don't tell your Asian friends that you have them or you may find their mothers digging in your garden at night when you're not looking.....or so they've threatened me:) Here are the rules with this plant in the desert. In some tropical places like in southern Florida, this plant can be invasive so be careful. For us, however, it will die if not properly cared for. For starters, this plant loves loose and rich soil. If starting from the root in winter, water sparingly or none at all. During our cold months, this plant will be in decline and doesn't look so great. The severe cold snap killed the plant back to the ground. I just cut the leaves off and move them off the courtyard until summer. You can start watering when our nights get to be around an average of 50 degrees and that usually begins around late March. The plant, once it starts leafing out, will then require regular watering. It's very important that you do not overwater these roots when they DON'T have leaves on them because you will cause the root to rot. Pots and planters are better for these plants and more so if you have a water line going through them. I love to throw coffee grounds in their direction and they respond well to the extra love. I have also put these plants into the ground where they come up every year. They are in shade from the bright hot sun. The leaves will burn here so find bright shade to morning sun and you will have success!! Don't put them in total shade.