Keladi (Yam) - Trying this plant in Aquaponics

We call in Keladi its Yam in English from the family Araceae, there are so many variety and its easy to get it all mixed up. Some variety of this plants are grown for its Root (tuber), some for decorative purpose and the one that I'm trying out is for use as vegetable.


The stem and root can be eaten, cooked as vegetable dish. Those that grown for its tuber (taro) are bigger in size and may not suit my small setup.
I bough few of these Keladi from the wet market for planting, this way I am sure the variety I had is for vegetable and they are not "Gatal", Its a property of these plant that will make you itch, those that do that is not suitable to be consume.
Most of its roots had being removed for them to display on the shelf and hopefully it can grow from what's remaining on the stem.
I use the Asparagus growbed to give these plant some head start. They don't do well in direct sun and from what I read they like high Nitrogen and wet soil. Looks like a good candidate for Aquaponics.
There are poisonous species of these plants so be careful, never pick from the wild unless you know what you are doing. They look almost the same, brightly coloured plants is a no go for food on these species.
In the wild they are something like above picture, they like wet and shady areas.The one that picture above is not for consumption, only to illustrate how the plant looks like.
Vegetable Yam above, stem is lighter in colour.
There are large area where Yam are planted, some for pharmaceutical purpose and some for their tuber.


I'm looking forward for this plant to do well in Aquaponics, its a good plant for vegetable, its hardy and should be easily grown.


Update : 3rd April Here

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