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I've got some elephant ear tubers and it's almost spring. I've never grown these before and I need some advice. I live in zone 7 and I've seen videos on people putting them in containers before planting them and I've read about people just putting them straight into the ground. Please can someone help? I am confused.
Plant after April 15, blunt end down.
It is easy to get confused when planting something "new" but Internet instructions are intended for people all of the country and not just in zone 7.
When doing your research always add zone 7 and you will come up with more tailored instructions.
Here are some excerpts from a site for planting in zone 7.
You can read the full article for compete instructions.
"Elephant ears should be planted in the spring after the last frost if they are to be grown as outdoor plants.
Give the outdoor plants a head-start by starting seeds or bulbs/tubers indoors six weeks before the date you will expect the ground to warm, and transplanting them when temperatures are consistently above freezing.
Elephant ear plants that will be grown as houseplants can be cultivated any time of year and in any part of the country. Plant them in well-drained medium such as peat or sand and keep them in a warm room.
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My elephant ears and patio peach tree are the same size. It looks unusual looking down from the stairs and seeing those giant elephant ears. They were not that big when I bought the pot of them at the nursery.
Photo Location The chicken enclosure wire keeps the dogs from stomping down the elephant ears. Each year I dig up the bulbs and there are dozens more to save over the year in the house for the next Spring!
This is under our porch rail. I had an area set aside for the chicks to exercise during the spring. After they leave for the year to their loving homes, then I plant out the elephant ears. The patio peach tree is very fragrant. They are small peaches and have not been edible as of yet.
The chicken enclosure wire keeps the dogs from stomping down the elephant ears. Each year I dig up the bulbs and there are dozens more to save over the year in the house for the next Spring!
This is a guide about saving elephant ears bulbs. Elephant ears are not cold hardy, so in colder climates you will want to dig them and store them over the winter.
This is a guide about wintering an elephant ear plant. There are a couple of easy ways to overwinter your elephant ear plant.