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Dasheen

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 ventilation.

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