Top Questions About Elephant Ear Plants

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Questions About Elephant Ear Plants

Asked by
rosekellypass on
September 16, 2019
Foley, AL 36535 Zone 8

Q. Can you grow an Elephant Ear plant in a huge pot?

Someone gave me a small (now) Elephant Ear plant. Can I grow this in a huge pot?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 17, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Depending on which type of elephant year, you may want to start small. Some elephant ears, like Alocasia, grow very slowly. A large container would potentially promote rot and overwatering in this case.

If this is a Colocasia type, then a large container would not be a bad idea, as long as it was a fast growing cultivar.

Either way, it is usually best to start small, and pot up to a container only 1 or 2 inches larger on all sides each time you pot up.

These articles will help you to care for the most common two types of Elephant Ear:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/alocasia-plant/growing-african-mask-plant.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/growing-elephant-ears-indoors.htm

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Asked by
Terresa on
September 26, 2019
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Q. Seeds from blooms on elephant ears

Are the seeds from the blooms of an elephant ear useful in any way can you grow anything with them

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 26, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

They can be, but all species of elephant ear seeds need to be planted immediately. Once they dry they are dead. Only very fresh seeds will germinate.

This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/alocasia-plant/elephant-ear-seed-pods.htm

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Asked by
Joesr on
October 29, 2019
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Q. Growing colocasia short

I have some small colocasia tubers. How can I grow them next year and keep the leaves to a maximum of 11-18″ tall?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 29, 2019
Certified Expert
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Their height will be set by genetics. In order to keep these a certain height, you will have to find a cultivar that is known to stay within that range.

Here is an article that will help you to grow the plant to its potential, which will keep it the shortest: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/growing-elephant-ears-indoors.htm

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Asked by
dixon8 on
November 6, 2019
dayton ohio

Q. I Always Thought That Elephants Ears Just Come Back. Is It Necessary To Dig Up The Bulbs For The Winter? I Was Told To Cut Them

off at ground level.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
November 6, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

There are a few varieties that can withstand those temperatures with special care, and mulching. Most will not come back, though. The general consensus is that zones 8 and above are ideal for their return, though there are certainly cultivars that will go much lower.

Here is an article for their, general, care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/growing-elephant-ear-plants.htm

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Asked by
mQ on
November 9, 2019
West Reading, PA 19611

Q. Do I Cut Off The Roots From An Elaphant Ear When I

The roots are long on the elephant ears when I took it out of the pot. Do I cut off the roots?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
November 11, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

There is no need to. Root pruning only needs to be done if you are putting it back into the same container and trying to keep it smaller. Otherwise, just repot without disturbing the roots much.

If you are forcing them into dormancy, you will want to wait until all growth is dead before you remove the plants. There will be nothing but dead material to pull off, and sometimes not even that if it is left long enough to fall off. Then you can begin storage. If this is an emergency storage, then you can cut foliage an roots if needed. It is best to let them go naturally if possible, though.

This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/storing-elephant-ear-bulbs.htm

This will help you to grow them, if you choose to winter them as houseplants, instead.https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/growing-elephant-ears-indoors.htm

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