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Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic,' also known as Black Magic Elephant Ear or Taro, is a tropical aquatic plant prized for its large, heart-shaped, glossy, purple-black leaves. It adds a dramatic and exotic touch to pond environments.

2. Sunlight Requirements: 'Black Magic' Taro thrives in partial to full sun conditions. Ensure that your pond receives at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day for optimal growth and vibrant foliage. Adequate light is essential for maintaining the plant's dark leaf color.

3. Water Depth: Plant Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' in water with a depth of 2 to 6 inches. This allows the plant to establish its roots in the substrate while remaining partially submerged. It is suitable for the shallower edges of ponds and water features.

4. Soil and Substrate: Use a well-draining aquatic planting mix or a loamy soil for planting 'Black Magic' Taro in your pond. Plant the rhizomes or root system directly into the substrate at the recommended water depth. Ensure good contact between the roots and soil.

5. Fertilization: 'Black Magic' Taro benefits from regular fertilization. Use a balanced aquatic plant fertilizer or a slow-release fertilizer tab designed for pond plants. Follow the instructions on the product label to encourage healthy growth and vibrant foliage color.

6. Water Quality: Maintain good water quality in your pond. Regularly monitor and adjust the pH levels to keep them between 6.5 and 7.5. Ensure that your pond water is free from pollutants and toxins to promote healthy growth and foliage color.

7. Pruning and Maintenance: Trim away dead or damaged leaves as needed to maintain the plant's appearance. Regularly thin out the growth to prevent overcrowding and promote air circulation. Remove any leaves that become submerged for extended periods.

8. Winter Care: In colder climates, 'Black Magic' Taro may die back in the winter and regrow in the spring. You can either bring potted specimens indoors for the winter or mulch the base of the plant to protect it from freezing temperatures.

9. Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for common pond plant pests like aphids and snails. Treat any infestations promptly with appropriate pesticides if necessary. Good pond water circulation can help prevent fungal issues.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' in your pond. This tropical aquatic plant not only adds a stunning and dramatic touch to your pond but also enhances the overall aesthetics of your aquatic landscape with its bold, purple-black leaves.



  • These pond plants have a waiting period of 2-3 weeks before they will be available. This is due to the logistics and athe fuel price to get it from the farm to our facility in Gezina.
  • Regarding shipping -

Pick up – if you pic up, they will be sold as potted plant in a 15cm pot.

Shipping via courier – To protect the plants against damage during transport and save on freight costs, We will remove it out of the pot, clean and package them in individual bags.

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