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Asked by
luckilu on
June 6, 2012

Q. growing elephant ears

As a child, I remember the beautiful elephant ears my parents had completely surrounding their home as a background against a white house. They were there for many, many years and were never taken out of the ground in the winter. Is there anything special one must do to keep them from dying over the winter months when living in the south, about 100 miles north of New Orleans? Any precautions I should take when the temp drops below freezing in the winter? (at night)

Answered by
Nikki on
June 6, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

This article will help with caring for the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/growing-elephant-ear-plants.htm

In your area, a good layer of mulch to offer adequate winter protection for the plant.

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Asked by
Virgolady61 on
June 25, 2012

Q. how do I get rid of grasshoppers off my elephant ears

Grasshoppers are eating on the leaves of my elephant ears.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 25, 2012
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Asked by
swordk on
June 29, 2012

Q. elephant ears

I dug and divided my elephant ears. I just did that a couple days ago. If I plant them again, will they come back till fall like they should or will they wait till next year becouse I am trying to sell some of the bulbs. I dug and I was wondering if it would take till next year to come up or if they’ll come up through the summer and die back on schedule in the fall.

Answered by
Heather on
July 7, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

They should come up again for you, but they likely will not get to their large size as usual. But they will be better off in the ground than being stored until next year as being in the ground will allow them to store energy to make it through the winter.

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Asked by
nancys on
October 12, 2012

Q. Can I Dig Up and Save Elephant Ear Plants From the Garden and Have Them Grow

Can I dig up and save elephant ear plants from the garden and have them grow?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 15, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

Let the foliage die back naturally before digging them up and then trim the stem back to about 3 inches from above the tuber. The tubers can then be removed and stored. Wrap them in newspaper and store them in a cool, dry place. In the spring, they can be planted out in your garden (and dug up again in fall). This article will help with storing your elephant ear tubers: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/storing-elephant-ear-bulbs.htm

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Asked by
stan1 on
October 26, 2012

Q. Winterize Elephant Ears

Can you leave in ground and just cover up with leaves to keep warm? In other words, winterize elephant ears without digging up.

Answered by
Nikki on
October 26, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

If you live in zone 8 or greater, these bulbs can be left in the ground year round. If you live in a zone lower, they need to be brought in for the winter as they will not survive year round outside.

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Asked by
pianoman on
November 4, 2012

Q. Winter Care of Elephant Ear Plants in Pots?

Do I cut back the large leaves? Can I store the potted plants in the basement?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 5, 2012
Certified Expert
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It is better to let the foliage die back naturally. But if time is of the essence, you can trim the stem/foliage back to about 3 inches from above the bulb. This article will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/storing-elephant-ear-bulbs.htm

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