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Q.elephant ear bulbs too big

Zone Louisville Kentucky | shina masingo added on October 29, 2014 | Answered

I have elephant ears and they are so big – the bulbs are 2 foot long. Can I cut them in half and replant? I store them for the winter. The bulbs are about 10 years old, but they’re just so big.

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Answered on October 30, 2014

There are many many varieties of elephant ears, in many different sizes. You apparently have a large one, and one that is hardy in your area, which is kind of rare. I'm assuming that this is the first time you've dug the tubers (they are technically tubers rather than bulbs.) You can break off smaller tubers that are emerging from the big main tuber, but the big main tuber should be left as is. Since you've left them in the soil over the winter, you can probably rebury them around 6" deep, then cover with up to 1' chopped up leaves for a mulch. You might want to overwinter some of them in a dark place, following these guidelines: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/storing-elephant-ear-bulbs.htm

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