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Elephant Ears (7-9″)

Elephant Ears are a frost-tender perennial which typically grow 3-5′ tall and as wide. Each huge leaf resembles an elephant’s ear. It is primarily a foliage plant with huge, heart-shaped leaves (to 2′ long). Lends a large tropical look to gardens, water margins, and large containers. Plants produce massive amounts of growth and appreciate regular fertilization during the growing season. Plants may also be grown as pond marginals in up to 6″ of standing water.   Plant Elephant Ear bulbs about 3″ deep in well-drained soil. Best grown in fertile, humusy, organically rich, medium wet to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Full sun generally brings out the best leaf color for this cultivar. However, in the hot summers of the south, plants appear to do best in part shade, particularly with some light afternoon shade. When growing plants in garden soils, provide regular moisture, especially during dry summer periods, and do not allow soils to dry out. Bulbs should be dug up in fall after first frost and then overwintered in a cool dry place (set in dry peat or wood shavings) where temperatures do not dip below 45 degrees F.

  • Excellent for containers
  • Well suited to pond marginals
  • Fast-growing

 

Availability

# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
Bulk
EE111BAG Elephant Ears (7-9") 25 out of stock $0.00
Retail-Ready Packages
EE412000 Elephant Ears Bin Box 15 out of stock $0.00
EE513000 Elephant Ears Mammoth Bin Box 15 out of stock $0.00

Plant Details +

Botanical Colocasia Esculenta
Common Name Elephant Ears
Family Araceae
Size #2, 7-9"
Height 36-60"
Spacing 36"
Hardiness Zones 8-11; Annuals in 2-7
Exposure Full Sun-Part Shade
Foliage Very large, green
Bloomtime Summer

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Plant Elephant Ears bulb about 3" deep in well-drained soil. Plant in the spring, after the ground, warms to about 50º F. Best grown in fertile, humusy, organically rich, medium wet to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Full sun generally brings out the best leaf color for this cultivar. However, in the hot summers of the south, plants appear to do best in part shade, particularly with some light afternoon shade. When growing plants in garden soils, provide regular moisture, especially during dry summer periods, and do not allow soils to dry out. Plants may also be grown as pond marginals in up to 6" of standing water. Bulbs should be dug up in fall after the first frost and then overwintered in a cool dry place (set in dry peat or wood shavings) where temperatures do not dip below 45 degrees F, in somewhat the same manner as done for canna.