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Gardening Tips : How to Care for Elephant Ear Plants

December 15, 2019


Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment
we are going to talk about how to care for elephant ears. Now elephant ears are beautiful
plants. They are known as Colocasia and they are actually a food staple in 40% of the world.
They actually use the bulbs as a food and you can make poi out of it or they make rice
out of it or any type of bread too so there is lots of uses for elephant ears. Whether
you live in the tropics or you live in the Northwest you can grow them almost anywhere
in the world. They are really easy to grow. They don’t like full hot sun so they do best
in an area that is partly shaded. Now I have lost most of the leaves here and it is going
to go dormant for the Winter. I have found though that they will live and look really
good through the Fall until the really first heavy frost and they don’t want to freeze
too hard. They can go down to about 10 or 15 degrees. As long as they are mulched real
well and they don’t freeze too solid you don’t lose them. So even in the Northwest if you
cover them with mulch a lot of times you will never lose them but if they do get too wet
and they freeze solid you can’t so if you live in a climate where it is a little bit
marginal you might dig them up and just store the bulbs dry for the Winter. So elephant
ears don’t have a bloom. They just have the gorgeous leaves and if you have got a shade
garden that is nice and has dapple sun and it still gets really hot in the Summer there,
they are a perfect pick and they look very tropical and they are a gorgeous garden plant.

16 Comments

  • Reply jcevr June 17, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Also, mine are in Texas sun, get LOTS of water, and I now have leaves about 37 inches long and 30 inches wide. These are only the 5th and 6th leaves. So some of what they say in this video is not completely accurate. They do need LOTS of water tho.

  • Reply Steve Asbell November 5, 2010 at 3:29 am

    I love your video on elephant ears, and am glad that you mentioned their importance as a food crop! Just so you know, here in Florida they do flower with inflorescences much like peace lilies. They smell kinda sweet too!

  • Reply Susan Bailey June 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    jcevr, she didn't mention anything about watering. But….I do agree they do need lots of water.

  • Reply Blackbamboo77 July 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    She didn't mention there is different kinds one is edible and one is not and I'm not talking about taro either.

  • Reply Melissa Nolastname August 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    they do bloom

  • Reply Stef Scudgington September 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I am startin a very young plant. Do i need to bring it in doors for the winter?

  • Reply Unknown Person November 2, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    They grow in my house big and is multiplying I live in Fl

  • Reply Mandy Pruitt November 28, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Notice how small hers are?  That's because she's doing it WRONG.  

  • Reply Dubb Show December 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Absolute BEAST of a plant…..tank comes to mind when I think of my philly lol

  • Reply OFFICIAL PAGE FOR ANTONIO "TONY" RIVERA LSU #7 July 4, 2015 at 4:57 am

    if you put elephant ears in the google search bar, one of the options will be "FULL SUN"!!!!  My elephant Ears are grown in Full Sun with daily watering and there Huge!! 72 inches by 89 inches They grow this big in a month and a half.  Hers look pretty small to be showing in the fall! They should be bigger than her lol

  • Reply Julia Botti September 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    They do flower. It's similar to the peace lily.

  • Reply Stephanie Nunez March 3, 2017 at 6:21 am

    I grew up in LA and had so many in my yard but I have moved to the desert and really miss plants do u think they could survive the hot and cold elements? or should I grow indoors?

  • Reply Jsc Chang September 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Help, my elephant ears has browning edges and some white residue on the leaves.

  • Reply Jacobe Ksor October 14, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Montagnard indigenous, we cook the roots eat like snack also we cook stalks, leaves it’s tasty.

  • Reply Kimberly Snow November 23, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    My elephant ears flower.

  • Reply M S July 15, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Your elephant ears dont look too good.

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