elephant ears - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by eaclayton
February 17, 2011
If I plant elephant ears in a large container and put the container in the ground, will it survive the winter. And if so, how deep?


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Answer from NGA
February 17, 2011

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Elephant Ears grow from tubers and the tubers will die if exposed to freezing temperatures. It would be better to plant your Elephant Ears in containers and when the foliage dies down in the late fall months, remove the foliage, dig the tubers out of the potting soil, and store them in peat moss in a cardboard box in a garage or basement that remains above freezing during the winter months. If you leave the tubers in the container and bury the container in the ground, the drainage might not be good enough to keep the tubers from rotting, no matter how deeply you bury the container to keep the roots from freezing. I'd follow the tried and true tactic of digging the tubers in the fall and storing them in a frost free place over the winter months.

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