How to grow Cassava plant

Cassava plant grow and care – 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:


Bitter Cassava plant – the tuber is bitter

Sweet Cassava plant – the tuber is sweeter

Vegetative Reproduction

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

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

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

How to grow Cassava plant

Harvesting Cassava

Cassava plant roots

Growing Cassava plant

Cassava plant


Edible Parts
  • Edible leaves
  • Edible Roots
Culinary uses
  • Cooked
  • Stuffed or Wrapped
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Leaf color
  • Red leaves
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Deciduous
  • Evergreen
  • Geophyte
  • Herbaceous
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13