Planting Your Elephant Ears
How deep do you bury elephant ears?
Plant 4-6 inches deep. (The bigger the bulb the deeper it goes.) Most elephant ears will grow to be at least 4 feet wide, so give them space! via
Should you soak elephant ear bulbs before planting?
A: Delbert, It isn't necessary to soak your bulbs before planting, especially if some of your them already have fresh starts. Otherwise plant them directly into the ground at the usual time. When planting, make sure they have proper drainage and mix a little compost in with the soil. via
How deep and how far apart do you plant elephant ears?
After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season. Dig a hole so that the top of the bulb is 4 inches deeper than the soil line. Cover with 4 inches of soil. Plant elephant ear bulbs 2-4 feet apart. via
Do elephant ear bulbs multiply?
When to Divide Elephant Ears
Elephant ears can become huge plants with gigantic leaves. Many spread through underground runners, or stolons, and send up baby plants along the way. Since it is not actively growing, the plant will be less stressed than if you divide it while it is in full growth mode. via
What month do you plant elephant ears?
WHEN TO PLANT: Elephant ears are planted in spring after any danger of frost has passed. The tubers will not grow until the soil is warm, so don't plant them until the soil temperature is 65ºF. In northern climates this will be early June. via
How long do elephant ears take to grow to full size?
In healthy conditions, expect this elephant ear to reach full maturity from a crom in about 14 to 20 weeks. via
Where is the best place to plant elephant ears?
Plant elephant ear bulbs outside after all danger of frost has passed and daytime temperatures remain above 70 degrees. Elephant Ears are tropical plants and cannot tolerate any frost. They only emerge when the soil is warm. Select a location in full sun or part sun with a good, rich, moist, organic soil. via
Can I use Miracle Grow on elephant ears?
Fertilize your mammoth elephant ear plant once a month during its growing season to promote vigorous growth. Apply a water-soluble, quick-release fertilizer like Bloom Plus, Miracle-Gro or Grow More according to package directions. via
How long will elephant ear bulbs last?
Special Note: Storage works well for 2-3 years, after that corms will begin to decline and you will need to buy new corms. via
Which elephant ears tolerate full sun?
There are two types of elephant ears: alocasias and colocasias. Colocasias display their leaves with tip of the heart pointing down. They prefer full sun and consistent moisture. Alocasias hold the tip of their leaves out or upward and they prefer more well drained soil and a little shade. via
Do elephant ears spread?
Elephant's ears grow from tubers. Some clump, while others spread on runners along the ground. Plant tubers or transplant container-grown plants into soil amended with organic matter such as chopped leaves, peat, or composted manure. via
Why do elephant ears turn yellow?
The most common cause of yellowing leaves in elephant ear plants is a watering issue. You see, it's possible that the leaves could start yellowing due to not receiving enough water. The yellowing could be a sign that the elephant ear plants are struggling and that you need to water them more. via
Why didn't my elephant ears grow?
Keep the soil moist, not wet, and fertilize regularly, every two to three weeks, with a fertilizer with plenty of nitrogen. While this isn't a disaster, the elephant ears will not start to grow until the soil warms (65-70 degrees) so I would encourage her to have patience for a few weeks yet. via
Should I let my elephant ear flower?
Most gardeners remove any flowers that form so all the energy can go into producing more attractive leaves. If the flowers are left on the plant they will develop into clusters of red or orange berries. Or you can enjoy the show and wait to see if you get a repeat performance next season. via
Why are my elephant ears not growing?
Soil temperature and available nutrients are the main factors aside from adequate light or sun. If soil temps are cool, they will be reluctant to sprout. Once growing, if you want them to grow as though on steroids, you need to give them a steady feed. via