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Alocasia triangularis is also known as Colocasia esculenta. The plant is widely grown in the tropical regions due to its edible corms and root vegetables are commonly known as Taro. It is considered to be one of the earliest grown plants and a native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia.
The Alocasia triangularis is also known as the Colocasia esculenta.
The plant is a native of tropical and sub-tropical Asia to Eastern Australia and is well known for its large spade shaped leaves.
The plant belongs to the family Araceae, a distinct family of flowering shrubs.
The Alocasia triangularis is fairly easy to maintain if the basic care is provided.
The size of the plant can vary from 18 to 24 inches or 45 to 60 centimetres.
The plant can be grown on the ground or in large aquatic container.
The plant can grow well in well drained and moderately fertile soil.
The Alocasia triangularis prefers humus rich, moist or wet soil that has a slightly acidic pH.
The plant prefers consistently moist soil.
The light requirement of the Alocasia triangularis is quite high.
Best results are seen in the exposure of direct light but the plant can also survive under partial shade.
The Alocasia triangularis has high water requirements.
The plant requires to be watered in such a way that the soil around it never dries out.
The plant is easy to propagate. The ideal method of propagation is by splitting of its rhizomes.
The ideal time for propagation is spring or early summer, when the plant is coming out of its dormancy of winter.
The plant requires application of any organic fertilizer at the time of plantation.
Fertilizers need to be supplied once the plant starts producing flowers.
Organic fertilizer having equal amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium should be applied in the flower bed.
The Alocasia triangularis provides an excellent tropical look to gardens, water margins and large containers.
The plant is also used for ornamental purposes.
The Alocasia triangularis is also grown in a large scale due to its edible corm and root vegetables known as Taro.
The herbaceous plant is also widely grown all over India for its medicinal uses.