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thegardner
Jul 10, 2013 7:18 PM CST
how do you chop down elephant ears when they get to tall
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dave
Jul 10, 2013 7:19 PM CST

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I use a knife or machete. Doesn't seem to hurt them at all. They grow new leaves all the time.
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eclayne
Jul 11, 2013 3:11 AM CST

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dave said:I use a knife or machete. Doesn't seem to hurt them at all. They grow new leaves all the time.

I agree Some get so thick I use a small garden dedicated hand saw.
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plantladylin
Jul 11, 2013 7:52 AM CST
Yep ... just chop away! I have Arrowleaf Elephant Ear (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) in my yard that seems to spread like crazy ... I try to pull up the little pups as they sprout to keep them in bounds!
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RickCorey
Jul 11, 2013 2:25 PM CST
Most people say to use "sharp clean shears" on any plant you cut, but I've been getting by with an old bolt cutter to cut thick hard stems. One blade crushes the stem against a flat surface.

Less than ideal, but it hasn't killed anything yet. I do clean and sharpen the blade fairly often.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 11, 2013 3:07 PM CST
I have never cut down my EE's. I don't see the need to. Are you cutting them back to keep them from spreading?
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AnnaZ
Aug 16, 2013 6:30 PM CST
I cut my colocasia back when I take them in the g'house in the fall. They seem to get buggy so easy. I use a hedge trimmers. LOL However, the Alocasia seem to do just fine without cutting back. I don't know why, but they do.

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