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Big and bold

By: Garden Gate staff
Follow these simple steps for the most eye-catching elephant ears!

Big and bold

The elephant ears (Alocasia macrorrhiza) at the back of this border make a stunning backdrop for bright blooms and foliage. Get plants with lush, large leaves with this easy care info!

Overwinter elephant ears in zones colder than USDA zone 8. After frost kills the tops in fall, dig out the rhizomes and lay them in a cool spot for a week to dry. Then store them somewhere that stays between 35 and 55 degrees F for the winter, packing them in damp peat moss or newspaper to hold moisture.

In February, plant your elephant ears in nursery pots filled with potting mix, water well and feed a balanced liquid plant food every 2 weeks. Keep the plants inside until nighttime temps stay above 50 degrees F. Provide a sheltered place for the potted rhizomes for a couple of weeks to get use to outdoor temperatures before planting them in the ground.

Published: July 9, 2013
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