Elephant ears - Knowledgebase Question

Dorchester, Ma
Question by Jiggijac
October 1, 2009
I have many ears from North Carolina that have grown in my yard for the past 4 yrs. I usually did them up and put in the basement and replant every spring. Would they come back in the spring if I just leave them during the winter? - Boston, MA

Answer from NGA
October 1, 2009


Elephant ears tubers are too cold sensitive to remain outdoors during the winters in MA. You can either consider them an annual and replace them every year or you can dig the tubers and store them in a frost free place over the winter months. It's easier if you plant them in containers and either enjoy them on a deck or patio or sink the containers into the ground in your garden. Then after frost nips the leaves you can take the entire container out of the ground or off your deck or patio and store it in a frost free place over the winter months. This way you won't have to dig the tubers every year. Hope this suggestion helps!

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