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Arrowroot Tubers

(Maranta arundinaceae)

Dig anytime after the plants die back in the fall. Can be grown as an annual in cold climates. Prepare arrowroot tubers by peeling off the papery skin and then steaming, boiling, roasting, baking, or frying. They may also be dried and processed into gluten-free flour, or the starch can be extracted for use as a thickening agent in cooking.


Flowers:small white, at tip of stems
Lifecycle:1    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Container Planting:yes

Cultural Requirements:

USDA Zones:9 to 11
Propagation / Germination:Plant horizontally, 1" deep in spring after danger of frost is past or plant in fall in areas where ground doesn't freeze.
Spacing:1 foot
Sun:sun or light shade
Water:maintain adequate moisture levels for maximum production, but drought-tolerant once established
Pests and Diseases:no serious pests

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