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Houston, Texas
Jaxsco
Nov 27, 2017 7:45 PM CST
Hi all! I just joined this forum and hope to have fun on here! I'm not the biggest plant fanatic but I do enjoy them. My mother on the other hand is a full blown fanatic for sure. She saw a large Colocasia esculenta a while back (aka Black Magic Elephant Ear) and I'd like to get her some for Christmas.

I found some online that are 3-8" according to the website. I'm hesitant to order them due to the time of year and would like some advice. I live in Houston so I don't think shipping would be as much of a concern compared to other parts of the country. I assume they would have to be kept inside until spring. Would they be ok indoors until then? Is there anything else I should be concerned about?

TIA!
Houston, Texas
Jaxsco
Nov 28, 2017 7:51 AM CST
Bump.
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Christine
Nov 28, 2017 7:52 AM CST
Personally I would wait til Spring, let the growers deal with them until planting time, holding them over can be tricky, you could always get them for her for Mothers Day Smiling . Other members will add their thoughts. Welcome! to the forum
Houston, Texas
Jaxsco
Nov 28, 2017 8:30 AM CST
I may just do that. Could she just keep them as a house plant until spring comes around? Are they able to be kept indoors?
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sallyg
Nov 28, 2017 9:08 PM CST
I see no problem with her keeping them indoors until frost free weather. 3-8 inch plant, or bulb? either way, she can keep it indoors now. I don't think you have to wait. Next summer or two, it can get much bigger, mine was five feet tall- nice dramatic plant
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Houston, Texas
Jaxsco
Nov 28, 2017 9:11 PM CST
Glad to hear it! I did some more googling and came to the same conclusion. It's a 3-8" plant. Hopefully on the larger side of that. Went ahead and ordered them. Should be here in 7-10 days. I decided to order them early before the weather got any colder. So excited to get them growing!
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Nov 28, 2017 10:15 PM CST
that's a tiny baby for this plant but should be very fun to watch it grow. especially with warm weather. Thumbs up
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Nov 29, 2017 8:36 AM CST
I agree with Sally, I thought you were talking about getting a bulb *Blush*

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