How to Grow Elephant Ears in Containers
Do elephant ears need big pots?
Most Elephant Ear varieties will need a container that is at least 18 inches wide and deep. It is a good idea to place a large stone or two in the bottom of the container for weight, since the large leaves of Elephant Ears catch the wind like a sail and will easily tip the container over. via
What potting soil is best for elephant ears?
If using potting soil, choose one that's rich in organic material and mixed with peat and perlite to create an artificial wetland or bog that will hold moisture. If you're mixing your own soil, use well drained, crumbly loam with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Avoid rocky soils, which can deform the corms. via
How long does it take for elephant ears to grow full size?
In healthy conditions, expect this elephant ear to reach full maturity from a crom in about 14 to 20 weeks. via
How do you winterize elephant ears in pots?
Can elephant ears take full sun?
They are at their best in late summer and early fall when most other plants are starting to fade. 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. via
Are elephant ears sun or shade?
SUN OR SHADE: Elephant ears can be planted in sun or shade. If you put them in a hot, sunny location, make sure they get a little shade during the middle of the day. ZONE: Elephant ears are tropical plants. In zones 9-11 they can be grown outdoors year-round. 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
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
How often do you water elephant ears?
Plan on giving plants at least 2-3 inches of water per week. Fertilizing: Elephant ears are heavy eaters, as well as drinkers. Fertilize monthly with a general fertilizer of choice. via
What month do elephant ears bloom?
Elephant ears may bloom from spring through to summer with inconspicuous green flowers on long stalks. The flower has a modified leaf or spathe that covers the stalk, while the stalk consists of a cluster of tiny flowers. Flowering depends upon growing conditions and elephant ear plants may not bloom every year. 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
Are elephant ears poisonous to dogs?
If elephant ear is ingested by your pet, it will cause increased salivation, difficulty swallowing, oral irritation, and vomiting. Fiddle Leaf—Fiddle Leaf is easy to grow, which makes it ideal for use in the home. It is highly toxic to dogs and cats. via
Can you leave elephant ears out all winter?
In colder parts of the world, elephant ear varieties will die in the winter if left outside. Before the first frost of the year, move elephant ears to pots or move pots containing the plants indoors, ideally in a cool, humid area; 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit is an ideal temperature. via
How cold can elephant ears tolerate?
Fully hardy in Zones 10 to 11. Elephant ears will only truly thrive in warmer areas similar to their native humid climates of Southeast Asia, and with daytime temperatures of 70 to 85F, and nights no lower than 60F. They can be grown in cooler areas, but will need to be replanted each year. via
Can elephant ears be overwintered?
How to Overwinter Elephant Ear Plants. If you would like, elephant ear plants can be brought into the house and treated as a houseplant for the winter. In the spring, once all danger of frost has passed, you can put your elephant ear plants back outside. via