Elephant Ear Plants

Elephant Ears

Anonymous added on November 24, 2014 | Answered

I brought my Elephant Ear plant indoors for the winter. It's still in the pot. I keep it watered and it's in a dark closet that is warm. It's growing and growing. The stems and leaves are white and about 3 to 4 feet tall now, and it's only November. My question is, should I keep cutting the growth back? It seems pretty persistent to keep growing in next to total darkness. What do you think?

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Answered on November 25, 2014

There are two ways to treat elephant ears for the winter. One is to bring them inside, keep in a pot, and treat as a houseplant (a BIG houseplant) in high light. The other way is to wait till they die back, then dig up the rhizome, clean and dry it, and store it in a dark place for the winter. It sounds like you've got the two methods confused. I would take the plant out of the closet and give it light, since it seems bent on growing. This article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/storing-elephant-ear-bulbs.htm

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