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lorria
Aug 10, 2017 3:31 PM CST
This past Spring, I bought several different varieties of giant elephant bulbs. None of them grew to be "giant". The biggest any of them got was a little less than 2 feet tall with leaves 15 to 18 inches. According to description of plants, they should grow to be 5 to 7 feet tall with leaves 4 and 5 feet. I have in shady, shade to sun, and sunny locations. What do I need to do to get these to grow to the huge size? Thank you.
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DaisyI
Aug 10, 2017 3:33 PM CST
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Are you watering enough? Elephant Ears are water hogs.
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katesflowers
Aug 10, 2017 3:44 PM CST
I love elephant ears. Have grown them during the summer along with palms and banana to create my little tropical garden. I planted them after the soil warmed up, they hate the cold; south facing full, blazing heat & sun exposure; and set next to a fountain that splashes keeping the ground moist. They grew to be 5 foot. They stand tallest after a soaking rain. I did fertilize a few times during the season.
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TennesseeDave
Aug 10, 2017 5:37 PM CST
I agree with Daisy. If the elephant ear is in the ground I think it is nearly impossible to overwater them. Some of mine get upwards to 5 gallons of water a day. They are also very heavy feeders. I full strength fertilize at least once a week once though go into full leaf production mode. They need a fair bit of sun though here in Tennessee they seem to appreciate at least a short respite from very direct sun in the very hot summer months here in Eastern Tennessee. What has been the secret for me has been PLENTY of water and regular fertilizing.
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eclayne
Aug 10, 2017 6:38 PM CST

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Can you post photos of your plants so that we can see what you have? It won't change the advice on care though, especially in mid-summer heat.
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Christine
Aug 11, 2017 6:17 AM CST
It could also mean that they were miss marked depending where you bought them, photo's would help ID them as Evan posted

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Aug 11, 2017 7:12 AM CST
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purpleinopp
Aug 11, 2017 12:31 PM CST
Your bulb may not be big enough yet to produce huge leaves. It can take a few years. Did it come with its' botanical name, &/or a cultivar name?
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Intheswamp
Aug 22, 2017 6:07 AM CST
purpleinopp said:Your bulb may not be big enough yet to produce huge leaves. It can take a few years. Did it come with its' botanical name, &/or a cultivar name?

I've been researching EEs for a 20' gray water ditch and what purpleinopp said seems to be spot-on. The bigger the bulb/corm/tuber the bigger that season's plant will be...from what I understand.....

How big were bulbs when you planted them?
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katesflowers
Aug 22, 2017 6:03 PM CST
I agree with Ed. Bigger EE bulbs give bigger plants. Also, being by water is a big plus. When they are freshly watered, the leaves stand tall, and they are really beautiful. I think they are well worth having.
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