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Elephant Ears

Plant this bulb, stand back, and in no time at all you’ll be watching the huge leaves unfurl to create one of the most dramatic foliage plants you’ll find. This bulb is extremely easy to grow and ideal for containers. (Colocasia esculenta)

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Details:

Height: 36-72" tall
Bulb Spacing: 24-36" apart
Bloom Time: Foliage plant all summer
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Shipping: Shipping begins in mid April based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 16BULB1
Common Name Elephant Ear
Botanical Name Colocasia esculenta
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Estimated Mature Height 36-72" tall
Bulb Spacing 24-36" apart
Planting Depth Plant 4" deep
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
Plant Type/Life Cycle Annual
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Wide green leaves that resemble an elephants ear.
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Containers, Borders, Rock Gardens, Easy to Grow
Additional Information Hardy in zone 7-11
Ships to Canada No
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Description

This will be the biggest thing in your garden – Maybe even the biggest in the neighborhood! The Elephant Ear quickly shoots up big, green spears that unfurl into some of the largest leaves in the plant kingdom. In good soil, the leaves can reach 4 or even 5 feet across. Just one big bulb will create a large leafy plant, like a tropical fountain of green.

Gardeners love this exotic favorite as a screen or as a background for smaller plants and flowers. Always a highlight in any garden, and very easy to grow and care for. Our bulbs are top size, which means up to 10 inches in circumference! Complete planting instructions are included.

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Reviews

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American MeadowsElephant Ear Bulbs - Single Bulb
 
3.9

(based on 11 reviews)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (6)
  • Healthy (6)
  • Accurate instructions (5)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Reliable growth (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors (5)
    • Garden (4)
    • Patio (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid gardener (8)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Hearty, beautiful plant!

    Planted 3 of these in April in the northeast. I didn't know they would not become active until the ground temperature remained above 55, but even with a chilly prolonged spring they were strong...Read complete review

    Planted 3 of these in April in the northeast. I didn't know they would not become active until the ground temperature remained above 55, but even with a chilly prolonged spring they were strong enough to emerge in early June. When the sprouted, they grew like crazy! Some of my leaves were 2'long or more. Great addition to my raised garden.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Bulb size NOT huge, very disappointing

    The description called these bulbs "huge." The only thing huge about them was my disappointment when they arrived. The size is average minus. They look healthy enough, but I...Read complete review

    The description called these bulbs "huge." The only thing huge about them was my disappointment when they arrived. The size is average minus. They look healthy enough, but I can and did buy larger bulbs at local garden centers. I want the TRULY huge bulbs that used to be readily available. We'll see how they grow. I have a reputation to maintain in my neighborhood for growing huge elephant ears every year, very tall with LOTS of ears. My expectations are not very high this year.

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    4.0

    Hearty, beautiful plant!

    By Farmer D

    from Glenmoore, PA

    About Me Getting Started

    Pros

    • Low Maintenance
    • Pest Resistant
    • Reliable Growth

    Cons

    • Requires Gardening Experience

    Best Uses

    • Containers
    • Raised Beds

    Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Bulbs - Single Bulb:

    Planted 3 of these in April in the northeast. I didn't know they would not become active until the ground temperature remained above 55, but even with a chilly prolonged spring they were strong enough to emerge in early June. When the sprouted, they grew like crazy! Some of my leaves were 2'long or more. Great addition to my raised garden.

     
    2.0

    Bulb size NOT huge, very disappointing

    By BB

    from St Louis MO

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

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      Cons

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          Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Bulbs - Single Bulb:

          The description called these bulbs "huge." The only thing huge about them was my disappointment when they arrived. The size is average minus. They look healthy enough, but I can and did buy larger bulbs at local garden centers. I want the TRULY huge bulbs that used to be readily available. We'll see how they grow. I have a reputation to maintain in my neighborhood for growing huge elephant ears every year, very tall with LOTS of ears. My expectations are not very high this year.

           
          1.0

          dead elephant ears

          By dee

          from ga

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Bulbs - Single Bulb:

          I have planted two elephant ears bulbs a few weeks ago and I checked them yesterday.
          One was mushy and oozing when i checked it and the other one is half or so rotted too.I don't know what happened because they are in nice sunny drained area of my yard .So disappointed with the result and that they ended in the trash!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exceeds expectations in every way

          By E EvFan

          from Palisades, NY

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

          • Large Bulb Size
          • Long Bloom Time
          • Low Maintenance
          • Reliable Growth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Bulbs - Single Bulb:

            Healthy big beautiful plants.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excited to receive my bulbs!

            By Ann

            from Palm Springs, California

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Large Bulb Size
            • Reliable Growth
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Containers

              Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Bulbs - Single Bulb:

              This was my first order of Elephant Ears and first time planting. Since my home is for sale, I decided to plant them in containers so I can hopefully take them with me when I sell my home. [...]. I planted them about 2 weeks ago and was amazed how fast they are growing! I am located in sunny southern calofirnia and pretty much anything will grow when we add water so I am excited to see their progress.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I love it!

              By K. Lu

              from Orient, OH

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Healthy
              • Impressive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Large pot

                Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Bulbs - Single Bulb:

                The second year the leaves were smaller, but still quite large. It's in a large pot which makes it quite easy to dig up and store for the winter and then replant the folowing spring. It does very well in my mostly shady area. I love it!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Big Beautiful bulbs

                By Percy

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Patio

                  Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Bulbs - Single Bulb:

                  Every year I plant elephant ears on my urban patio. This is the first time I purchased them from this retailer. The bulbs are the best I have seen. Large, healthy and very well packed. I look forward to some humongous plants and many compliments from visitors!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  These are huge bulbs.

                  By Timmy

                  from Carlyle Il

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Lawn
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Bulbs - Single Bulb:

                    These are huge bulbs. I did not expect them to be so big but I was shooting for big plants, so it worked out. They did well once it warmed up enough for them to get growing. All around great experience from American Meadows.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great big Elephant Ears!

                    By Eric

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors
                      • Patio
                      • Pool Area

                      Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Bulbs - Single Bulb:

                      These look beautiful near the pool.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Gorgeous & Delightful

                      By Wildsulphur

                      from Central VA

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Fast Grower
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Garden
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Bulbs - Single Bulb:

                        I purchased two bulbs for the purpose of screening my well water pipe. I put each about 1 foot from the pipe and within a couple weeks they were popping up and within six weeks and beginning to hide the pipe.
                        They are breathtaking in size and color. Especially beneficial how long each leaf lasts.
                        I had no trouble for over-wintering; I dug each up, used lightweight, though large, pots and kept them indoors. Blooming continued at a slower pace. A few weeks before they could go outside, they began to look a bit weak but upon replanting, one week later they are back to growing fast.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Vigorous growers

                        By A green-thumbed Buckeye fan

                        from Cleveland , OH

                        About Me Avid Gardener

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive
                        • Healthy

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Outdoors
                        • Patio
                        • Pool Area

                        Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Bulbs - Single Bulb:

                        I planted three of these softball-sized bulbs in beds at the edge of my patio on the south side of my house, and they grew like gangbusters. The 2-3 foot long leaves wave enticingly in the slightest breeze, enhancing the tropical look of my outdoor entertaining area.

                        The only drawback is my climate. I live in Zone 5b, so every fall I have to dig up the elephant ears and store them in my garage until springtime. The root/bulb mass can get very large, so I recommend dividing it up into chunks so you don't hurt your back lifting them.

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                        • Personal

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                        Shipping begins in mid April based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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                        Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

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