How to grow Cassava plant

Cassava plant growing shrub of the genus Manihot and also known as Tapioca plant, Yuca or Manioc. Cassava plant evergreen perennial but in a cold weather become deciduous, can grow in tropics mediterranean or subtropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

Flowers color is white or purple, the flower has five petals and grow in clusters.

Cassava leaves

Yuca leaves edible leaves with 5-9 lobes, sometimes the lobes very prominent and sometimes barely visible, depending on the cultivars, the leaves can reach to 15 cm. the leaves are green but in some cultivar are yellow-white in the inner of the leaf and some when the leaf is young are purple-red the stems of can be in purple-red.

Tuber is edible and starchy, the tuber develop a number of bulbs connected to the main brunch. From the Yuca make the Tapioca pearls

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How to grow growing Cassava plant care:

Well drain soil, possible slightly acid soil, frost free

What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes, easier than to grow from seeds

Difficulties/Problems with growing:

Planting season:
Spring, summer (in the tropic all year)

Pests and diseases:
Mite, aphids

Pruning season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

How to prune:
Cut the main stem to use for cutting (vegetative reproduction)

Size of the plant?
1-3 m, 3-10 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Irrigation water management requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Morning sun less after non

Is it possible to grow indoor?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:


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Bitter Cassava plant – the tuber is bitter

Sweet Cassava plant – the tuber is sweeter

Vegetative Reproduction

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How to make Vegetative Reproduction?
Cutting, tuber

The best season for vegetative reproduction:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
2-5 weeks

What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction?
Moist, half shade

Edible leaves

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When to trim the leaves?
All year

How to trim the leaves?
From the base of the leave

Information about leaves:
Leaves can reach to 15 cm with 5-9 lobes, leaves are green but in some cultivar are yellow-white in the inner of the leaf, some when the leaf is young are purple-red

Uses of Cassava plant leaves:
Cooking, staffed leaves, stir fry

Edible Roots

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Information about  tuber:
Tuber develop a number of bulbs connected to the main brunch, the tuber need to be cooked, contain toxic when it raw

When to pull up tuber:
10 month from planting can be all year long

Uses of tuber
Cooked, roasted, on fire

Scientific name:

Manihot esculenta

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses


Harvest season

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Ornamental parts

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Plant uses

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