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Q.molded elephant ear tubers

Zone Sapulpa, OK 74066 | psfinsapulpa60 added on April 18, 2017 | Answered

I live near Tulsa, OK, and before winter I dug up my elephant ear tubers to store for winter. The tubers were very wet and somewhat mushy. I removed the outer layers and left them out on paper sacks in my garage for the winter. They became molded but are dried out. Should I attempt to plant these molded tubers in my flower gardens this spring or trash them and start over? They grew extremely large and were very productive and healthy last season.

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Answered on April 18, 2017

I think you should plant them. Other gardeners have reported that elephant ear bulbs are very hardy and have come back after all kinds of poor treatment. There are no guarantees, but you might as well try.

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