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  • Answered by
    AnnsGreeneHaus on
    November 6, 2012
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    auntvic, I have found it easy to overwinter Elephant Ear bulbs using dry potting soil and a ventilated plastic bag. I usually don't remove roots because they dry up and fall off anyway. I put a layer of soilless commercial potting soil in the bottom of the bag, then a layer of bulbs, repeat until bag is full or run out of bulbs, close bag, make sure you've pokes vent holes and store in cool dark place until ready to plant. I store the bulbs in a barely heatred area, where temps don't get below freezing.

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  • Answered by
    AnnsGreeneHaus on
    March 11, 2013
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    You should cut the leaf and stem as close to the trunk as possible, without damaging the trunk. Since your elephant ear plant is indoors, it needs plenty of light. High light will make the leaf stems not only shorter, but much stronger.

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    March 12, 2013
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    AnnsGreeneHaus on
    June 9, 2013
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    Either or either...I think it depends on the size of the bulbs and size of container. I often put several small elephant ear bulbs together, then divide into singles latter. Canna bulbs can get so ensnarled quickly, so I usually put 1 8'' section and a couple smaller ones in a 1 gallon pot.

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    AnnsGreeneHaus on
    October 9, 2013
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    Large elephant ears planted in the sun in a container will take a lot more water than a smaller one planted in the shade in the ground.
    Size, location and exposure are all factors in watering any plant. We water elephant ears with 1 large bulb and 3-5 smaller bulbs sitting in a 50% shaded location, planted in 3 gallon containers once or twice a week, depending on temperature and wind. I always water till it 'pees'.

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    January 31, 2014
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    I would just cut them back near the base of the plant, leaving a couple inches. The bulb will eventually regrow foliage. This article will help with caring for this plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/growing-elephant-ear-plants.htm

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    February 1, 2014
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    To be honest, the unusual weather we have been having is to blame. If you can put them somewhere cooler, that can help slow their growth. If not, try to get them some light. They are coming out of dormancy due to warm temps, so cutting the leaves will not help.

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