Monday, April 18, 2011

Keladi (taro), treating them differently.

How garden evolved, from a bare patch to lawn and vegetables. Nine ulam raja were there 3 feet apart at the front of  left side balcony. They had flowered and passed their prime so they were taken out. A month ago I squeezed in a row of Keladi  (taro) between Ulam Raja and the fence. Now Ulam has gone, keladi has the whole space for themselves. I am thinking if they can handle themselves, being all alone, minus the shade given by ulam raja. I dont think Keladi will let out tantrums. They will do what the genetic code had in store, SURVIVE!...

Keladi squeezed in between. (photo 8th April 2011)

Keladi, without Ulam Raja as companion. (16 April 2011)

Keladi like selom, thrives in wet areas, 
I wonder if they have enough water to grow healthy.

Bangchik and Kakdah
Tanah Merah, Kelantan


  1. The Keladi has a very pretty leaf! Hopefully it will do just fine on it's own!

  2. Theanne and Baron
    I hope so.., in fact I am ready to put netting on top, just in case heat is unbearable.

  3. The keladi must be lonely now! I never planted keladi before. Hwo long it takes to harvest them?

  4. The keladi are so neatly planted, like a hedge to soften the appearance of the fence. Good idea.

  5. It's such a pretty plant. I always see them in botanic gardens. Do you eat the taro?

  6. Assalamualaikum Bangchik and Kakdah, I love keladi leaves as they are big leaves, makes the landscape very greenery tho not much of trees. But Needle leaves is made for collecting snow. love them both.

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  8. Btw, sorry if i make you and Kakdah feel uneasy with the wooden sign. Not to worry at all, it cost me less than RM2. I actually wanna thank you and Kakdah for accepting the trial sample- see the errors on the wordings? LOL. Also btw, it can be put outdoor (tested, lol). Thanks! :)

  9. Oooo.. the keladis in a row looks so lovely! I am so envious that you could plant so many lovely vegetables and fruits and they all turn out so beautiful! Looking at your pictures of your vegetables and all makes me very happy!!!

    Btw, how long does it take for the keladi to be ready for harvest?

  10. I have always wanted to try growing them, but we don't have much water and moisture here for them to live happily. It look very ornamental along the fence.

  11. Malar
    I dont know exactly when to harvest. Neighbours mention about each keladi will produce about three babies. Wait until babies mature, - then harvest the whole lot.

    I really measure the interval using measuring tape!.. aha. It's about One and a half feet apart. They look like hedge, these 19 keladi.

    Edible taro, yes. I bought them months ago, Kakdah cooked some, and the rest more or less forgotten at the corner. When they start to produce roots and shoots, I put them where they are now....

    They look alright in a row like that. Bonus point is they are edible. But they are heavy drinker!

  12. milka
    That wooden sign is marvelous. "bangchik and kakdah" was correctly spelled. Kakdah put it at the master bedroom door! She did asked what paint you used. I said, probably gloss paint la. Right?

    Food so delicious!
    I always look for the best angle that hide away anything awful for a photo... haha. Joke aside, these keladi are fine, one and a half feet apart. The rule of thumb is wait til they produce 3 babies. When babies mature, harvest the whole lot.

    Malay-Kadazan girl
    Neighbours may think I am nut or something, putting keladi as hedge. I am now thinking what to put as keladi companion. Low vegetable, a little bit colourful, probably tricolour spinach suits there.

    ~bangchik and kakdah

  13. It is not gloss paint *smile*. I tried gloss paint but it does not work with acrylic paint. So i changed to use Nippon Odourlite Soft Matt Finish, which is easier to apply and rain & fungus resistant, also save me on acrylic as top layer.


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