Philodendrons, Elephant Ears, and Other Aroids forum: EEs didn't get the Dormancy memo!

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Name: Rick Moses
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RickM
Dec 22, 2018 6:59 PM CST
I have a number of EEs in pots that were brought in for the winter. They haven't been watered in several months and get very little light, but they keep pushing up new leaves. Should I cut the new growth off, take them out of the pots, or what?

Thanks!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Dec 31, 2018 7:33 AM CST
All of mine are still up in the yard. Usually by now we would have had enough cold that they would be dormant. But it was 77F here yesterday, and we are expecting 80's until maybe Thursday...for me its temperature and an unusually wet winter that has kept mine up. When I grew Alocasias as houseplants 20 years ago, they never went dormant in the winter if given enough light.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Dec 31, 2018 8:47 AM CST
Mine have done the same thing, I just let them be, they will grow a bit over the winter, you have to give them some water, I only give them a drink every couple of weeks, they don't go completely dormant while still in their pots.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Dec 31, 2018 9:01 AM CST
We have only had one night that was 31F at its lowest. Of course we can still get a hard freeze (or more than one) between now and our average frost free date (March 10). The EE's will go down then and come back in a month. This is a couple of my stand of EE's (a colocasia called 'Harlequin' out by the pool) and a stand of Xanthosoma 'Lime Zinger' in a bed poolside. Still going strong, but its a little unusual I have to say. Anything more tropical than colocasia and xanthosoma I keep in the greenhouse
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