A neighbor gave me a small caladium elephant ear bulb. Hers did nothing, but mine was absolutely huge. It's getting cold, so I dug it up and rinsed it off. There are many pink and white roots. Do I remove these prior to storage? How about the massive stem? I don't have the room or light to winter it over.
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.
I have an elephant ear plant that I planted indoors and it's doing great. I just need to know when a leaf does die, do I prune just the leaf off or the entire stalk? One got heavy and the stem folded, so I propped it up but eventually got too weak, so I cut it at the fold and even though a new leaf was starting below the cut, it died as well. Thanks for any help, Doug
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.
What is best place - shade, sun, half and half? Should I feed the ears when planting them? I live here in Oklahoma. When is it time to put them in ground?
I received about 10 small elephant ear bulbs from my neighbor and I, not knowing, planted them all in one pot. Should I repot some of the bulbs, or will they be okay all in the same pot? I also did the same with red cannas, and am wondering if I need to repot those as well. Thanks!
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.
How would you water them and how much watering does it take for elephant ears?
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'.
I recently got an elephant ear plant and some of the leaves started to die before I had the chance to put it in a pot. What is the best way to trim these off? And do you have any tips for taking care of it? Thank you for your time.
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
I put my elephant ear tubers in my basement in the fall. I noticed yesterday that the larger two are growing leaves already. What is going on? I thought they wouldn't grow back until spring, but it's only Feb. Should I cut them back? They are my favorite elephant ears. I live in MI.
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.