Caring for Elephant Ears in the Spring

I did not remove my elephant ear bulbs this year, but I am in zone 9. What do I do now? The base of the plant is sticking up quite far and I do not know if I should add more dirt or what?

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful

I would cover the bulbs up with dirt to keep them covered. Next year, dig them up because they are not cold-hardy.

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful

I didn't pull up my bulbs for a couple of years. The really bad winters killed them. If you do pull them up, this year, keep them somewhere where they can't freeze and don't pull them up when it is raining. They will get mold on them.

If you are past all chances of freezing, then you can leave them to grow. Lop off any dead parts above ground, and in the spring and summer, fertilize them each month with a water soluble and slow release fertilizer, which is labeled 20 -20 -20. If they grow to much stop the fertilizing for a couple of months.

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Blessings,

Robyn

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful

Maybe it is my zone in Pittsburgh, but I never do anything to mine and the have taken over the side of my house. Mine thrive on be benign neglect. When they pop early I ignore them. I tried digging them up a few years ago and must have missed some because they came back with a vengeance the next year. I hope you have the luck with them that I do!

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