Colocasia Esculenta

Elephant Ears
$7.95 ea.
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Jade green, heart-shaped leaves cascade downward from long stems. The substantial scalloped-edged foliage of Colocasia esculenta, about 2’ long, dons conspicuous veining – perfect for creating hypertufa containers. Give this bold beauty plenty of elbow room as Elephant Ears will provide dramatic impact in just one season. This species is commercially grown as a food crop in Hawaii – poi is made from the tubers; commonly called taro. *NOTE: Bulbs will need to be lifted in fall in zones 3-7.

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Plant Type Bulbs
Height Tall 3-5'
Spacing Plant 3-6' apart
Bloom Time Not Applicable
Sun / Shade Mostly Sunny to Mostly Shady
Soil Type Normal, Acidic
Water Needs Medium
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Special Features

  • Deer Resistant

Planting Sites

  • OK in Containers

Colocasia General Information

Showy plants provide a bold, tropical look. Great used for a dense screening or attractive in patio containers. Popular for their rapid growth, they create a dramatic impact to any landscape within just one season. *NOTE: Bulbs will need to be lifted in fall in zones 3-7. Will be an annual except in zones 8-10 but can be stored over the winter in colder zones. Instructions

Colocasia Plant Care

Hardy in Zones 8-10. Elephant Ears are easy to grow. They prefer rich, moist soil and part sun to partial shade. Bulbs can be planted indoors approximately eight weeks prior to the last frost. If growing in pots; use a rich, organic potting soil and plant bulb with blunt end down about 3 to 5” deep. Harden off the plants for about a week prior to placing outdoors. If planting directly outdoors, plant 3 to 5” deep once the threat of frost and/or freezing temperature have subsided. If desired, apply a slow-release fertilizer like Osmocote® to the soil according to the product’s instructions. Lift tubers in the fall in zones 3-7. Cut foliage back in fall after the first frost to about 2” inches and carefully dig up the bulb. Allow to dry out for approximately 2 days and then store in peat moss or shavings in a cool, dark area.