Elephant Ear Plants

Elephant Ear


acampbel@hiwaay.net added on December 21, 2016 | Answered

When we dug up our elephant to store over winter, I expected a bulb but we got a mass of roots instead. Do I cut the roots to expose a bulb or do I leave it as it is over the winter? Thanks for your help.


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JeffreyGardener
Answered on December 21, 2016

Was the foliage still attached so that you can identify it as elephants ear? Are the roots fleshy or fibrous? Normally you should get a tuber (a fleshy root--like a potato or sweet potato). Gently clean off as much soil as you can to make sure of what you have. Here is a guide to overwintering your elephant ears: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/storing-elephant-ear-bulbs.htm

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