Plant Care Taro
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Taro

4.4 out of 5 (51 experiences)

Taro has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Taro has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Elephant Ear 'Sarian', 'Electric Blue Gecko', colocasia mojito, Black ripple taro, Blue Hawaii Elephant Ear, Black Magic Elephant Ear, Royal Hawaiian 'White Lava' and colocasia black coral

Taxonomy

Colocasia esculenta
Colocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

How to care for Taro

Water

How often to water your Taro

Water needs for Taro
0.5 cups
every 9

Taro needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Taro

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Taro in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Taro: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Taro love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Taro does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Taro in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Taro

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Taro: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Taro after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Taro is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Propagation

Care Summary for Taro

Taro

Taro


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Taro has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 40
Taro has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 34
Taro has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 14
Taro has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 9
Taro has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 6
Taro has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Taro has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
Taro has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Nikki2 avatar
@Nikki2
leaf-1 65 Plants
xp 1,280 XP
10/24/2021

We started out as close friend…I don’t know what I did but I did it! The leaves just fainted…passed out. No amount of water revived so I chopped them off. I figured maybe next year so I set it and attempted to forget it well that appears to be the formula. Water plentifully when you do water BUT leave them alone. Staking and tying to a stalk causes bruising and weakened stems so just let it do what it does.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Erodplants avatar
@Erodplants
leaf-1 80 Plants
xp 2,423 XP
10/23/2021

Love this glorious looking plant , leaves are huge , get ready for some massive hog spacing.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Pamela avatar
@Pamela
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 159 XP
globe Lynchburg, Virginia
09/17/2021

Yes

Fast grower Fast grower
Jade avatar
@Jade
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 126 XP
globe Richfield, Pennsylvania
09/14/2021

Pretty easy to grow!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Finchwing avatar
@Finchwing
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe Edgware, England
08/23/2021

Colocasia are bog plants so mine has enjoyed sitting in a few cm of water, being constantly moist has made it happy (but not wet as the roots will be deprived of oxygen) gotta say it is dramatic if its environment changes; 1 night in a cold dark moving van made it lose all its leaves. Has recovered since tho with some tlc ! Lots of sun and lots of water is the way for this one i think

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Dellasoasis avatar
@Dellasoasis
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 133 XP
08/19/2021

I absolutely love her. I’ve had her for about two weeks now and she already has two more beautiful leaves that she’s growing to show the world, they’re slowly unraveling as we speak! She’s kept on my balcony, away from direct sunlight, but she definitely gets her fill! I water her just about everyday since it’s her growing season (summer) and it’s sooo hot outside, but I know they love the humidity and Lord knows there’s enough of it out there. She also loves to be misted now and again. I absolutely love her and I hope she continues to thrive as she’s moving to a bigger pot soon! I hope she knows she is very loved!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Joaniec avatar
@Joaniec
leaf-1 89 Plants
xp 7,105 XP
08/12/2021

This is one of my most favorite plants. I have had it almost 2 years indoors and it is amazing. It is very easy care and oh so gorgeous with its huge lush leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Elhenslee avatar
@Elhenslee
leaf-1 33 Plants
xp 1,072 XP
08/03/2021

Grows VERY FAST

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Ronawright avatar
@Ronawright
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 225 XP
globe Decatur, Georgia
07/25/2021

I love the look of this plant😍

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Isabelle.rose avatar
@Isabelle.rose
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 2,082 XP
globe Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
06/27/2021

I had a huge fungus gnat infestation from it

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Tortoise avatar
@Tortoise
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 235 XP
globe Little Rock, Arkansas
06/23/2021

i don’t know what i did wrong but from the moment i got him he was dying. constantly miserable looking. i hated him so much

Browns easily Browns easily
Jackinbox45 avatar
@Jackinbox45
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 1,861 XP
globe Saint Leonard, Maryland
06/10/2021

I love this big green plant, love the big leaves and is easy to grow.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Snceoflove avatar
@Snceoflove
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 255 XP
globe Phoenix, Arizona
06/01/2021

So beautiful and Resilient 🥰🥰🥰

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Fast grower Fast grower
Jlee avatar
@Jlee
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 32 XP
globe Emeryville, California
05/28/2021

Big and beautiful

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Steeze365daily avatar
@Steeze365daily
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 553 XP
05/21/2021

Honey this plant is a grower. She’s better in the garden, because of how big she gets but is a stunning houseplant. You give her enough bright indirect light and a well drawing soil and she’s going to flourish. Mines is about a foot away from a south facing window and she’s flourishing! She’s the fastest growing plant in my collection. Literally grow new leaves within a week. I highly recommend. She doesn’t like to get dry, so be sure to keep her moist but not wet. Happy Planting!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Jessicabailey avatar
@Jessicabailey
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 55 XP
globe Marble Falls, Texas
04/23/2021

This is my first plant. I honestly didn’t think it would grow very fast. I’ve had it for about 3 weeks and it has doubled in size! Plus the leaves are just gorgeous!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Kaeru avatar
@Kaeru
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Tallahassee, Florida
04/22/2021

she’s really out here zoomin’

Fast grower Fast grower
Kaeru avatar
@Kaeru
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Tallahassee, Florida
04/22/2021

she’s really out here zoomin’

Fast grower Fast grower
Sierraplatte avatar
@Sierraplatte
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 533 XP
03/19/2021

They need high humidity - and their soil likes to stay damp. I’ve had good luck with my “self watering” pot that has a bottom with slats and it allows airflow and water to be soaked up.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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