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Q.Elephant Ear Leaves getting too heavy

Zone Port Saint Lucie | joaomarcelo0914 added on July 12, 2019 | Answered

So I purchased this elephant ear since I purchased it seems to doing fine, the only thing is that I had to cut about 3 or 4 leaves that were getting too heavy and bending over. It seems that every time a new leaf comes out it puts pressure on the outer leaves causing them to go down slowly until they can stand up no more. So I wonder what can I do to stop the leaves from falling down.

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Answered on July 13, 2019

This can be normal, to an extent. I do see a much lighter shade from the new leaves than I would expect. This leads me to believe that it needs just a little more light.

If you can't provide this indoors, then I could recommend a horticultural light. There are all types, so it will be necessary to research and compare before buying to ensure you are getting the right fixture to suit your needs. Since this doesn't need the brightest of light to flourish, you can get away with relatively low wattage. 100 to 400 hundred watts will be ideal, without going over that.

This article will offer more information with the care of Elephant Ear indoors: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/growing-elephant-ears-indoors.htm

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