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Elephant Ears

The Elephant Ear Plant (Colocasia)Tips on Care and Growth

Colocasia a Southeastern Asian plant can be found in most tropical and subtropical regions around the world. The genus of this flowering plants is in the Araceae family. I’ve personally used the Elephant Ear in numerous landscape designs over the years, but it’s a plant you will have to keep an eye on.

Elephant Ear Plants -Roots Run

Elephant Ears are Running Root plants. Meaning like a bamboo-this plant, when planted in the ground, will have running roots. Meaning unless you put some restrictive containment around the plant, it will be in places you won’t want it.

Where to plant Elephant Ears

I would suggest that unless you are planting the Elephant Ear in a small area, to keep these plants in planting containers. This is a landscape trick to contain these types of plants. If not contained (in some manner), the Elephant Ear’s running roots will within a short period take over a garden.
Because of root running, most gardeners only plant Elephant Ears in decorative porch or landscape containers. Planted in a deep vessel and placed in partial light, the Elephant will do great in almost all settings.

Caring for Elephant Ear plants Indoors

The Elephant Ear plant loves rich, moist soil; once planted, this plant will take off. Being a tropical/subtropical plant, the Elephant cannot survive cold northern winters outside.  If you want to keep your plant, you will need to dig the bulb up and bring it indoors. When ready to replant, you should place the plant into a grow container with soil eight weeks before the spring season and transfer the plant into the garden when the weather warms.

The Elephant Ear plant is one of the easier plants to transfer in the garden. Just grab a new outgrowth of the plant by the base and pull the plant straight up, there should be two or three inches of roots. You can take that plant anywhere in your garden and replant it, and it will thrive if watered in.
Your Elephant Ear should be fertilized once every couple of months. If you have planted in rich soil, the plant shouldn’t need much help in growing and multiplying.

The Elephant Ear plant is poisonous to your dog, so if your pet chews on the plant the dog or animal should seek medical attention.


Brent Richard Dixon

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