Elephant's Ears - Knowledgebase Question

Pikeville, TN
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Question by cdlimes3
March 16, 2000
Could you possibly tell me how to plant elephant ears? I was told by someone that I had to soak the bulbs in water and then someone told me not to. I'm just a beginner at planting bulbs and would appreciate your advice.


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Answer from NGA
March 16, 2000
It isn't necessary to soak the tuber prior to planting, but it can be difficult to tell which end is up on Elephant's Ear! Look at the tuber; one end should have a little more "hairiness" to it. That is the end that down towards the ground. Also, one end may be slightly more tapered/pointy. That end goes up. Plant so there's about 4-inches of soil over the top of the tuber.

Elephant ears (Colocasia esculenta) grow best in a site that is situated in partial shade to full shade with good drainage. They do like a steady supply of water during the summer to grow those gigantic ears, just make sure the soil doesn't stay wet. Be sure to dig the tubers up 4 wks. before the last frost and store over the winter in a cool, dark, dry location (garage, crawlspace, toolshed, etc.)

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