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Planting and growing our Classic

Elephant Ear bulbs is a breeze.

  • Plant bulbs with the crown just above the soil line

    Rich, organic soil will help your elephant ears grow. Generally, space the bulbs apart to match the expected height; for example,  a 6' tall elephant ear usually has a 6' wide spread. for pots, 3 gal or more is best.

     

  • Sun to partial sun works best
      Tropical elephant ears thrive on sunlight and tend to grow slower and smaller heavy shade areas.
     

  • Keep moist - frequent applications of fertilizer
        Most elephant ears are fast growers and can be 6' tall or more - which simply means they get hungry and thirsty to sustain that growth. One can go crazy choosing a specific fertilizer blend, we use a generic 20-20-20 blend and it works fine. The tip on watering is to keep the roots moist - elephant ears are stressed when they dry out.
     

  • When should I plant my bulbs?
      
    Bulbs should be planted in the landscape in the spring after the last frost.  The USDA temperature zone chart provides guidelines for your zone, however temperatures can vary in specific locales and from year to year therefore nothing substitutes for local knowledge.  Generally, plant your bulbs with the soil temperatures warm to 65F-70F. If you are planting in northern climes, you can start the bulbs earlier in a warm, moist (not soggy) place inside and give them a head start. Elephant ears do go dormant.
     

  • Bulb size

    Expect some pretty big bulbs, we sell most of our exotic elephant ear bulbs in the 7" to 9" size, these bulbs can weigh in a 2" each!

      

  • End of season - bulbs go dormant
      When the temps go below 60 and stay there (say the onset of fall/winter), harvest the bulbs & leaves in all but zones 8-10. Elephant ear bulbs are surprisingly cold hardy, but a frost can damage them severely. Elephant Ears bulbs go dormant in the winter -  they like to take a nap.

    In the South (or zones 8-10) usually heavy mulching (3-6) will allow the bulbs to survive the winter. 

    In the North (zones 3-7) dig up the bulbs and leaves, let em dry for a week or so, trim off the tops and store the bulbs in a warm (60F+) ventilated area for planting next spring.
     

  • Height and Color
       Individual conditions vary greatly in the US. Elephant Ears tend to vary according to sunlight, feed and watering.

   Alocasia Hilo Beauty Elephant Ear       

Potting elephant ears in assorted containers works very well -inside of your home or office, on the patio or front porch - use your imagination (send us some pictures)!

Hilo Beauty

 


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