Colocasia esculenta ‘Jack’s Giant’
Taro, Elephant's Ear
Colocasia esculenta ‘Jack’s Giant’ is a tuberous perennial with strikingly massive leaves, ideal for any large room.
It can be grown outdoors in summer months in a sheltered spot, away from winds that can shred the delicate leaves.
Although a tropical plant, Colocasia esculenta ‘Jack’s Giant’ has found its way into the British gardens too.
Originating in Oceania, the Taro plant has been one of the earliest cultivated plants for human consumption. It’s a food staple in many countries, ranging from New Zealand to Africa and South America.
The flowers are inconspicuous and the plant rarely flowers in cultivation.
Care & Size Guidance
The Taro plant grows happily if kept as an indoor plant in a bright room, away from sun light. It will thrive in rooms where humidity is high, as the leaves tend to evaporate massive amounts of water.
Keep the plant pot topped up, moist at all times. Feed with a seaweed based fertiliser to provide the plant with the necessary nutrients for its massive leaves.
It can be kept outdoors in summer, in a sheltered spot. It will thrive next to a pond or a heated Koi pond.
All parts of the plant are toxic and sap may irritate the skin on contact.