Elephant Ear Plants
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Proper planting and care of elephant ear plants

Zone New york city | gloriam added on June 15, 2014 | Answered

Sorry in advance for asking several questions. Just given a large elephant ear plant as a gift. It has what looks like two, thick separate stalks but could it be one tuber? I live in NYC, so I know the plant cannot be outside in the winter. I am considering planting it in a large aluminum container rather than in the ground so I can bring it indoors for the winter. Do you advise that? Is it possible to keep it indoors and continue to grow? Is it better to cut it down or let the leaves die and store it in my basement, although it can get cold there also? Thank you for your help in advance.

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theficuswrangler
Answered on June 18, 2014

It's possible that the plant is growing from 2 tubers, but probably it's one tuber that's sent up 2 stems.
In your area, you're going to want to keep it in a container, and put it outside during the warm months, and bring it in for the winter. This article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/growing-elephant-ears-indoors.htm

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