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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-29-2013, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Taro for the Riparium

I'm planning on putting together a riparium this summer and I really like the idea of using this very pretty, perfectly sized dwarf variety of taro as a centerpiece plant. But I want to ask a few questions before I get any further - has anyone tried growing taro in a riparium set-up? Did it need a winter dormancy period? Did it need a larger pot to accommodate the tuber?
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I have grown dwarf taros in ripariums before. This one is a better choice because it does not have a dry dormancy requirement...

http://www.plantdelights.com/Colocas.../#.UX4LLMzfYqg

Here it is in my 65G setup...



Taros are bug magnets. Spider mites in particular are strongly attracted to them and can infest the leaves pretty bad. If you want to grow a taro in your setup you should keep an eye out for insect pests. I prefer swordplants, especially Echindorus cordifolius 'Tropica Marble Queen', as riparium centerpiece plants because they are pest resistant.
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I have grown dwarf taros in ripariums before. This one is a better choice because it does not have a dry dormancy requirement...

http://www.plantdelights.com/Colocas.../#.UX4LLMzfYqg

Here it is in my 65G setup...



Taros are bug magnets. Spider mites in particular are strongly attracted to them and can infest the leaves pretty bad. If you want to grow a taro in your setup you should keep an eye out for insect pests. I prefer swordplants, especially Echindorus cordifolius 'Tropica Marble Queen', as riparium centerpiece plants because they are pest resistant.
Huh, I would have never guessed about the bugs! You would think the higher humidity would keep spider mites at bay.
The fallax would be my second choice (the sword is quite nice too), but I'm a bit worried that they are a bit too large to stuff into the 55g that I have. I'll have to think about whether I want to pull the heterochroma out in the winter or go open top for the fallax or the sword.
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I'm going to have some C. fallax here later this week.

The 'Tropica Marble Queen' sword actually stays pretty compact and a lot smaller than the species E. cordifolius. It looks best as an emersed plant. If you grow it underwater the white variegation becomes very faint. Here is one that I had in my 50G setup.

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That is very nice looking, actually. Hmm. Maybe I'll give both a try.
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Nice!

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I'll have a Taro in my new setup soon
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I love the taro. You can take one that was in a tank and make it emersed?
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I love the taro. You can take one that was in a tank and make it emersed?
They're naturally marginals.
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Thanks Veneer.
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My Taro developed burned edges on all 3 leaves, then I noticed a tiny red/orange spider-like bug. I cut the leaves and submerged it. Should I submerge the rest of the plants as well?
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Taros are bug magnets. Spider mites in particular are strongly attracted to them and can infest the leaves pretty bad. If you want to grow a taro in your setup you should keep an eye out for insect pests.

I prefer swordplants, especially Echindorus cordifolius 'Tropica Marble Queen', as riparium centerpiece plants because they are pest resistant.
Nice to know...after I had Taro recommended.

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Submerging them all before it spreads
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