I'm in zone 6 and its getting chilly at nights. I have Elephants Ears
in a container, and I'd like to keep it around for next year.
When do I bring it in to store the bulbs? Should I take the bulb out
or can I just store it in the container? Is just leaving the
container in the room with my other indoor plants an option?
Wear a hat and nobody will notice your elephant ears.
It is amazing that nobody has ever written down anything on the winter care
of these plants. Or have they?
It's a free country. You can do whatever you want. But, elephant ears are
worth treating with care because after 2-3 years, the bulbs get really
powerful and will make leaves that frighten burglars away. So, browse
through the subject lines in this newsgroup for the subject line "Storing
Cannas ...", dated 10/9/04. Find the message I wrote which describes a
somewhat involved way of cleaning, protecting and storing bulbs for winter.
Do the same for your elephant ears.
I'm in zone 5b and last year I whacked the foliage after the first
really good overnight freeze (right around now) and put the bulbs
(really a good sized root ball) in pots in the basement. They started
growing by a dim basement window. Yes, you can keep them alive over
the winter indoors. Watch for pests since you're bringing an outdoor
plant in with your other indoor plants. I understand that they're
really hardy, so as long as you don't overwater, they should be just
fine for next year.
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