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The variegated tapioca plant, also known as "Manihot esculenta 'Variegata'", is a cultivar of the cassava plant that is grown for its ornamental value. It is popular for its attractive foliage, which features large, green leaves with creamy white edges that can add a pop of color to any garden or landscape. In addition to its ornamental value, the variegated tapioca plant is also edible, and its starchy roots are used in many cultures around the world to make cassava flour and other food products. However, it's important to note that the leaves and stems of the plant contain cyanide, which can be toxic if ingested in large amounts.
If you're considering growing a variegated tapioca plant, keep in mind that it prefers warm temperatures and moist, well-draining soil. It can be grown in full sun or partial shade and is relatively low-maintenance, requiring only occasional watering and fertilization.
- Plant name: Variegated Tapioca Plant
- Pot size: 10 inch Plastic Pot
- Pot color: Red Pot
- Plant Height: 2 ft.
- Spread: 1 ft.
- Location: Outdoor
- Soil Type: Rich with Soil, Coco-Peat and Compost
Here are some tips for caring for your variegated tapioca plant:
- Light: Variegated tapioca plants prefer bright, indirect sunlight. They can tolerate some direct sunlight, but too much can burn their leaves.
- Watering: Water your variegated tapioca plant regularly, keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so be careful not to water too much.
- Fertilizer: Feed your plant with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). You can reduce feeding in the fall and winter, when the plant is dormant.
- Pruning: Prune your variegated tapioca plant in the spring to promote healthy growth and shape the plant. Remove any dead or damaged branches, and cut back any overgrown branches.
- Repotting: Repot your plant every 2-3 years, using a well-draining soil mix. Variegated tapioca plants prefer to be slightly root-bound, so don't go overboard with the pot size.
- Pests and Diseases: Watch out for spider mites and mealybugs, which can infest your plant. You can control these pests by spraying the plant with a solution of neem oil and water. Also, make sure to provide good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal diseases.
- Temperature: Variegated tapioca plants prefer warm temperatures between 70°F and 90°F. They can tolerate some cooler temperatures, but temperatures below 50°F can damage the plant.
- By following these care tips, your variegated tapioca plant should thrive and produce beautiful foliage for you to enjoy.