Elephant Ears - Knowledgebase Question

Columbia, SC
Question by tracy25
February 4, 2000
I want to plant an Elephant Ear bulb but I am not sure which way is up! How can I tell?

Answer from NGA
February 4, 2000


It is 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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