Is my Hilo Beauty elephant ear plant dead? I bought it in packaging. When I opened it, I noticed the brown bulb with brown roots (not pink or fleshy) and a cut, black central stem. I decided to plant it. Now I'm thinking. And worried. The package even said "Guaranteed to Grow." Sure hope they are right...
Hilo Beauty Elephant Ear
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
The description sounds like a normal Elephant Ear bulb.
As long as the bulb was firm with not soft spots or rotting, it is likely a healthy dormant bulb, just waiting to be planted and will began to grow with proper planting, moisture and light conditions.
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