The dasheen, a large-growing plant, is related to the ordinary
elephant's-ear and looks like it. It is a long-season crop,
adapted for culture only in the South, where there is normally a
very warm frostless season of at least 7 months. It needs a rich
loamy soil, an abundance of moisture with good drainage, and a
fairly moist atmosphere.
Small tubers�from 2 to 5 ounces in weight�are used for
planting in much the same way as potatoes. Planting may be done 2
or 3 weeks before frosts are over, and the season may- be
lengthened by starting the plants indoors and setting them out
after frost is past. Set the plants in 31/2- to 4-foot rows, about
2 feet apart in the rows.
Dasheen tubers may be dug and dried on the ground in much the
same way as sweet potatoes, and stored at 50� F. with
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