Top Questions About Elephant Ear Plants

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Questions About Elephant Ear Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 15, 2010

Q. Storing Elephant Ear Bulbs

I planted 3 elephant ear bulbs in big pots last spring. Now I need to know the best way to treat the bulbs. Do I cut the green stalk off to the dirt and then remove the bulbs from the pot? Would they overwinter in a cold (but not freezing) garage if I kept them in the pot?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 16, 2010
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Asked by
deadcold7 on
March 2, 2011

Q. Elephant Plants

When should I plant elephant ear bulbs this year? My address is mid state S. C.

Answered by
Heather on
March 2, 2011
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It appears you are on the edge of the zone where elephant ears can survive outside year round. Once your last frost date has passed, you can plant them out with no problem.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 7, 2011

Q. Elephant Ears

What are the elephant ears doing when the edges fold in. Also, I have them in sun, no shade. Will they be okay?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 7, 2011
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This article will help with growing: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/growing-elephant-ear-plants.htm

Leaf curling can be caused by numerous things, including too little or too much water. If yours are in full sun, it could be that the plants are curling up to try to conserve water; therefore, additional water may be needed. Check the soil around the plants to see how dry it is and water as needed to keep the plants hydrated.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 7, 2011

Q. Elephant Ear Plant

Why do the leaves turn brown and die? I water them regularly.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 8, 2011
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Are they in full sun? While they can be grown in sun, these plants prefer partial shade and moist soil conditions. Even though you're watering, the area may not be absorbing it due to evaporation. When the foliage turns brown like this, the plant is often trying to protect itself by going into early dormancy to conserve water. You may want to consider moving them to another, more suitable location.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 6, 2011

Q. How to Store Elephant Ears, Dahlias

I have dug my elephant ears, dahlia bulbs, etc. What is the best way to store? Do I use just a cardboard box, do I use peat moss, or do I layer them in newspaper?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 7, 2011
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Yes, a cardboard box (in a cool, dry location) is a good option for these. The use of peat moss and newspaper for storing the bulbs is fine too, as long as it remains dry. It's more of a personal preference.

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Asked by
monap44 on
November 10, 2011

Q. Why Do My Elephant Ears Have Yellow Dots on Them?

Why do my elephant ears have yellow dots on them?

Answered by
Heather on
November 14, 2011
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It sounds like your plant has a fungus. Treat it with a fungicide, and this should clear up the spots.

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Asked by
BIGo on
February 1, 2012

Q. how to grow a “piece” of a plant

My wife’s friend gave me a piece of a plant to grow my own “elephant ears” and she says wait for roots before I put it in a pot. Trouble is, the leaves are dying and I don’t see any roots!

Answered by
Heather on
February 5, 2012
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Not every cutting will take root. It is just the way it is. But, there are some things that you can do to increase your chances of a cutting rooting. It sounds like you are rooting in water, so with that, change the water about once every 1-2 days. Also, try adding a little rooting hormone to the water (available at most places that sell plants). This will help to stimulate rooting as well.

If these cuttings are already dying, they may be too far gone to root, so you may need to get more cuttings to root.

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