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Article: The Big Ears - Spotlight on Colocasia and Xanthosoma: growing from tubers

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Merced, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 30, 2008
8:01 PM

Post #5183568

Just wondered if any others have had my experience: I bought very firm, fresh-looking taro root from my market thinking I'd sprout them and have beautiful plants at a cheap price. Even though they were kept warm and moist, they never sprouted but started to turn mushy in some places. After many days, I took them back out and they are now sitting on a plate to dry out. I have heard that many root vegetables in our stores are treated with sprout inhibitors to give them a longer shelf life. Is there anything I can do to make them sprout, or should I just shop for plants at a nursery? Thanks for any advice.
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 30, 2008
8:09 PM

Post #5183600

You may try going to a farmer's market where some growers may take their produce directly without going through a packinghouse. Also, when picking tubers, I'd pick the ones that look oldest, scouting for even the feeblest signs of sprouting. It's also possible to stimulate them with gibberellic acid (GA) but I haven't tried that so I can't recommend rates.

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