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Sep 8, 2011 11:58 AM CST
|I am new to aroids, having purchased my first elephant ear this past spring. At first, it surprised me with a bloom, I had no idea that it would bloom, then they just kept coming. I now have a total of five blooms on this plant and wondered if this was normal, or if "Greta", as my family named the plant, is an aberration. Thanks for looking!|
Sep 8, 2011 7:32 PM CST
|Your plant, being a Colocasia gigantea, is normal blooming, although i don't know the area you are growing your plant in. Obviously the plant likes whatever you are doing and whatever the conditions are, as it looks healthy with all those blooms.|
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Sep 8, 2011 9:47 PM CST
Thank you for responding. It is in a pot on the east side of the house, and gets normal plant food and frequent watering. This summer has been so dry in central Illinois, everything gets frequent watering!
Sep 12, 2011 12:55 AM CST
|Ohhhh............my Thailand Giant did the same thing. I keep my big EE's on the east side of the house, so they're in shade most of the time. And here I thought it was unique.|
Sep 12, 2011 3:46 PM CST
|Rob, nice looking gigantea. Looks like my Thai Giant as well and this is the only Colocasia that's ever bloomed for me. Of course this is only my 3rd year growing them. Mine get a tad more sun, frequent water and fertilizer, this is there 1st year here. Given that they started as small starts I'm pretty happy with they're size. We've had 6 or so 50F nights and these seem to be more cold sensitive than my other big EEars. Now if I can just get them to survive over winter.|
Anna, any tips on how you over winter? And who says you're not unique?
Sep 12, 2011 4:38 PM CST
|eclayne..........ummmmm..........in my huge g'house. I keep the thermostat at 58, and the backup one is set at 50. Sorry I can't give you any house overwintering advice.|
Sep 12, 2011 7:12 PM CST
|Oh well. Guess I'll dig, pot and put into an empty bedroom.|