I just bought two Elephant Ear bulbs, or big hunks at Walmart.
There was no information about how to grow them.
Could someone on this list please advise me as to whether or not they like
full sun, partial sun, or shade? Do they like well drained soil or very
moist soil? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks for any and all answers.
They like the same conditions as caladiums. That is, they need warmth, even
moisture, and shade to partial shade depending on where you are located.
Where are you and do you intend to grow the indoors or outdoors?
They do well in sun, shade or partial sun/shade. Good drainage is always a
plus. Mine have always been in partial shade and do nicely. If planted in
full sun, I'd increase watering accordingly. My experience has been that they
won't begin to grow until the soil really warms up so I'd wait until summer
like weather in your area before planting them. I plant mine with about two
inches of soil covering the top of the bulbs. I must confess that I've never
fertilized my plants and they still are magnificent with leaves exceeding 36".
I can only imagine what a shot of fertilizer would do! Have fun with
them..they are a favorite of mine.
Road Runner wrote:
My experience with them (in zone 7) is stick them in the ground and then just
TRY to get rid of
them. I bought a couple of the giant "bulbs" from Wal-Mart, too. Around 7 or
so years ago.
Looking at the bulbs, they seemed to have "eyes" like potatoes. So before
planting them, I cored
off a couple of dozen "eyes" and planted them in those little 1 inch or so pots.
Most of them did
indeed grow into tiny elephant ear plants (with leaves about the size of your
When those "eye" plants were big enough, I planted them outside, too.
To make a long story short, two years ago when I dug up the plants to move them,
I had more than 100
bulbs of different sizes, most of which I gave away, and replanted a couple
dozen of the bulbs. In
the spot where I dug up the bulbs, new plants grew up from bulbs that were
apparently too small for
me to notice, and reached full height that same season. As big as those "bulbs"
from Wal-Mart are,
they grow into much, much bigger clumps of bulb and root, then seperate into
dozens of smaller
bulbs. The diameter of the largest stems by the end of the season should be
much bigger than the
diameter of the bulb itself right now.
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