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Question: I have purchase an elephant Ear bulb again this year. In the past I have been told to plant them under the ground and then again with the top exposed. Neither way produced a result. Nothing grew. How do I plant this bulb? I live in Zone 6.

Answer: If you plant in cold soils, the bulbs will rot so plant them after the soil warms - about the time you'd plant corn or beans (usually mid-May or early June). Plant them 4 to 6 inches deep in rich, moist soil. It is sometimes difficult to tell which end should go up. It takes a little bit of investigation and some guesswork. Look at the tuber, one end should have a little more "hairiness" to it. That is the end that should be planted down. Also, one end may be slightly more tapered/pointy. That end goes up. If you really can't tell, plant the bulb sideways--the roots will find their way down, the shoots up.

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