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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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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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Elephant Ears, Colocasia esculenta, Elephant Ear
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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
Mature Height 36-72" tall
Bulb Size 11-13"
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
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow, Containers, Rock Gardens
Additional Information Hardy in zone 7-11
Ships to Canada No
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Description

This elephant ear will be the biggest thing in your garden – Maybe even the biggest in the neighborhood! You will receive an Elephant Ears as a bulb, his bulb is up to 10 inches in circumference! Once planted, The Elephant Ear bulb quickly shoots up big, green spears that unfurl into some of the largest leaves in the plant kingdom. When the bulb is planted 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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3.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (7)
  • Healthy (7)
  • Accurate instructions (5)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Low maintenance (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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

 

Just ok

I originally bought one hoping it would grow and fill a blank area. It took so long to even pop up that I wrote in, explained the situation and was sent another bulb....Read complete review

I originally bought one hoping it would grow and fill a blank area. It took so long to even pop up that I wrote in, explained the situation and was sent another bulb. Whilst waiting to receive that one, the first one actually began to sprout. I did get the second and planted that one. It never grew at all. The first one did, but it never really took off the way I'd hoped it would.

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1.0

Died

By 

from Hot Springs, AR

About Me Getting Started

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    Cons

    • Bought 2 Both Died

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ears:

      They died!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Caladiums elephant ear plants

      By 

      from Memphis, TN

      About Me Getting Started

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ears:

        I ordered 5 bulbs. I received a box containing about 13 small to medium bulbs. I planted them using the watering instructions provided. I about 2 weeks, I now have 16 leaves breaking the ground surface. I am very pleased and will use American Meadows again.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Just ok

        By 

        from Old Bridge, NJ

        About Me Casual Hobbyist

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        Pros

        • Long Bloom Time
        • Low Maintenance

        Cons

        • Slow Growth

        Best Uses

        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ears:

        I originally bought one hoping it would grow and fill a blank area. It took so long to even pop up that I wrote in, explained the situation and was sent another bulb. Whilst waiting to receive that one, the first one actually began to sprout. I did get the second and planted that one. It never grew at all. The first one did, but it never really took off the way I'd hoped it would.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Hearty, beautiful plant!

        By 

        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 Ears:

        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.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Bulb size NOT huge, very disappointing

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        from St Louis MO

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              Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ears:

              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.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              dead elephant ears

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              from ga

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              Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ears:

              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!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Exceeds expectations in every way

              By 

              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 Ears:

                Healthy big beautiful plants.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excited to receive my bulbs!

                By 

                from Palm Springs, California

                About Me Casual Hobbyist

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                Pros

                • Large Bulb Size
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Containers

                  Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ears:

                  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!

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                  from Orient, OH

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Healthy
                  • Impressive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
                    • Large pot

                    Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ears:

                    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

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                    from Brooklyn, NY

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors
                      • Patio

                      Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ears:

                      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!

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                      • Personal

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      These are huge bulbs.

                      By 

                      from Carlyle Il

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Lawn
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ears:

                        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!

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                        from Atlanta, GA

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                        Pros

                        • Accurate Instructions
                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Garden
                          • Outdoors
                          • Patio
                          • Pool Area

                          Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ears:

                          These look beautiful near the pool.

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                          • Personal

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Gorgeous & Delightful

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                          from Central VA

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden
                            • Outdoors

                            Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ears:

                            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.

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                            • Personal

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Vigorous growers

                            By 

                            from Cleveland , OH

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                            Pros

                            • Attractive
                            • Healthy

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Outdoors
                            • Patio
                            • Pool Area

                            Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ears:

                            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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