Tapioca is a root crop and is also known as Cassava and. It is originated from South America and is popular in countries such as India, Brazil, Honduras, Peru and Mexico. Tapioca is largely cultivated in Indian states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andra Pradesh and some North East states.
Lets see how to grow and harvest Tapioca at home and farms.
a) Planting Method:
First prepare the soil using a cultivator and same them soft.
Add some Cow Dung fertilizer at the time of cultivating the soil
Take a mature stem from a tapioca plant and cut to a length of 8 to 14 inches
While cutting the stems, remove bottom leaves from the cutting
Tapioca stem cuttings can be planted directly in the ground or in large pots
Tapioca plants can also be grown from seeds but growing from stem cuttings will be the most effective method
Roots will develop in 2 weeks after the stems are planted in the soil.
Irrigate the tubers immediately after planting and keep the soil moist
b) After 30 days:
Now remove the weeds around the soil
Cover the manure with the surrounding soil and make it like a bund around the Tapioca plant
Water plants after applying slow–release fertilizer are applied
You can also feed the Tapioca with a liquid fertilizer like Seaweed Fertilizer, Fish Emulsion, Humic Acid, Panchagavya, Jeevamrutham once in month at the rate of 2 liters per acre throughout the growing season.
c) After 90 months:
Apply more soil near the roots and increase the size of the bund so that Tubers will start developing
A fertilizer high in potassium is the best fertilizer to increase Tuber production.
Always water your guava plant after fertilizing to minimize the risk of burns
d) Harvesting Tapioca:
The soil near the stem base of the stem shows cracking.
We can harvest the Tapioca.
You can see many Tapioca from one plant