Imperial Taro Elephant Ear (Colocasia) with its dark burgundy-tinged foliage. Elephant Ears come in all shapes and sizes, as well as many colors and perform beautifully in warm climates; however, they can also thrive in colder areas if you follow some simple steps.
Prepare Your Elephant Ears For The Winter
Who doesn't love the bold, dramatic texture that Elephant Ears bring to the summer garden? Whether you're gardening in a colder area or not, there are a few simple steps you should take to overwinter your tubers for next spring's planting.
Hardiness Zones 1-6
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If you're in Zones 1-6, this means you will need to bring your Elephant Ears inside for the winter. It's a fairly simple process:
After your first frost, cut the stems to about 6 inches tall.
Put the tubers in a grocery bag, plastic pot or bulb rate and cover with a mix of peat moss and soil.
Add water to the container and store it in a cool, dark place to ensure the tuber stays dormant throughout the winter. Keep your Elephant Ears moist but not wet. Once there is no more chance of frost in your area, plant your tubers in the ground as you normally would.
Hardiness Zones 7-11
In these Hardiness Zones, your Elephant Ears can stay in the ground but should be covered to protect them throughout the winter months.
Let the stems of your plants die back naturally with the frost. Cutting them can lead to rot.
Cover your plants with chopped-up leaves and lawn grass. This helps to keep the Elephant Ears warm and insulated throughout the winter months. Reinforce with chicken wire or simply create a mound.
Uncover the plants after the last spring frost.
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'Thailand Giant' is the largest variety of Elephant Ear, creating a giant, light-green canopy of gently-ribbed leaves in the summer garden. Just spectacular! Your visitors won't be able to stop measuring themselves against the enormous leaves. (Colocasia gigantea)
Borneo Giant Elephant Ear is a monumental cultivar that can reach up to 8 feet tall in its first year and matures to up to 12 feet tall. Stunning 3-to-4-foot large heart-shaped leaves stand upright on thick, sturdy stems. With its architectural presence, Borneo Giant can be used to create a focal point in the garden, or create the feeling of a secluded outdoor room for a lush, relaxing retreat. (Alocasia macrorrhiza).
Burgundy, lime, deep green, and purple-black hues combine for a bold color statement with our Touch of Drama Elephant Ear Collection. Large heart-shaped leaves on tall, sturdy stems bring striking form to the garden and container plantings. Place as accents or layer the foliage in clusters to create the feeling of a secluded outdoor room for a lush, luxurious retreat. Collection of 7 bulbs.
Plant this Elephant Ear 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. Extremely easy to grow and ideal for containers. (Colocasia esculenta)