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Name: StainlessBrown Brown
Sacramento CA
Howdy from easter Sacramento valley
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Stainlessbrown
Aug 21, 2017 7:50 PM CST
2nd year (Sacramento...hot summers) this is planted under a flowering Hibiscus....but it still gets a few hours of direct sun.

Organic gardener (entering year 11)

Soil is well amended and it is on a slope, so drainage is good

Is this a normal sigh thta fall is coming?

all other plants adjacent are doing fine????
Thans for reading through and all comments welcome!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 21, 2017 8:20 PM CST
I suspect your Elephant Ear isn't getting enough water. It has been really HOT this summer and Elephant Ears need constant moisture in the summer. The more the better. I have grown them in water pots. In the winter, they need less water but this time of year, water away.
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tarev
Aug 21, 2017 8:33 PM CST
Hello Stainlessbrown, I agree they are getting too dried out. I also have Elephant ears growing in a container, and I have to water daily, drenching it a lot, but such is our weather here, just too dry. But thankfully it will continuously do new leaves, just expect that crunchy edges. Our lousy humidity levels really hits them hard.

In my old homeland, these plants are growing in swampy-like environments and getting daily rains. So it is the total reverse of our weather here in NorCal. It can take the heat but needs to be kept very moist to thrive better.
Name: StainlessBrown Brown
Sacramento CA
Howdy from easter Sacramento valley
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Stainlessbrown
Aug 21, 2017 9:10 PM CST
More water it is!!!!! thanks all


so if I take water pots correctly, I could place these in a pond??? (I have a small pool with a 4' waterfall {built for the sound/nopinse} )?
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eclayne
Aug 22, 2017 12:16 AM CST

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Colocasia and many Xanthosoma can grow in a pond at least when it's hot. It's probably best to make sure the crown isn't submerged. Alocasia not so much. I use oil drip pans as saucers.
Evan

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