My husband and I recently transplanted some elephant ears from one location to our garden. We pulled them out of the ground with the root bulb in tact, planted them in the garden. They are the big elephant ears. New stem is coming out of the original stem but of course it's smaller than the original. How long should it take for the plant to get as big as it was before we pulled it up? Is there anything we can put on it to make it grow bigger, faster?
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Spring is normally the best time for transplanting these, as late summer heat can put more stress on the plants. Additionally, elephant ears will generally go dormant over winter, with bulbs being dug up and stored, though in your area they can remain in ground year round with mulching. That being said, there may be less growth right now as compared to before, but by next season after they've adjusted to their new environment, they should put out just as much big, leafy growth. I would not fertilize right now, however, since they need time to acclimate but do make sure they receive water. In spring you may give them a boost of slow-release fertilizer and again in summer as needed.