The Q&A Archives: Large Green Elephant's Ears

Question: I bought a plant and all it had on the tag was "assorted foliage". It seems to like wet conditions and heat. It is 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide with lots of sturdy stemmed leaves. The leaves are large and look like a maple leaf. I have grown very fond of this beautiful plant but I'd like to know what it is so I can properly care for it.

Answer: By the plant description, it sounds as though you're growing Alocasia, or elephant's ears. It's easy to store elephant's 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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