The Q&A Archives: Black Magic Elephant Ears

Question: I would like to grow Black Magic Elephants Ears (Alocasia). However, they are not hardy in my
Zone 6 garden. Is it possible to lift the roots and store over the winter?

Answer: It's easy to store elephant ears over the winter. The easiest way is to grow them in a pot. When frost is imminent, bring the plants indoors and put in a cool basement. As the foliage dries, pull it off to prevent rotting. There is no need to water or do anything to the plant until ready to put it out again next year. Bring it up, remove the top inch of potting soil and replace it with new soil. Begin watering and you will soon see leaves!

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