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Tropicals – Elephant Ears

  • Elephant Ears

Botanical name: colocasia

Beginner friendly?: yes

Average size at maturity: up to 8 ft in height with a 2 – 3 ft spread

Bloom time:  spring/summer

Hardy zone: 9 – 11

Flower color: green/white/yellow

Foliage color: green

Growth rate: can grow 3 – 4 ft in a single growing season 

Pruning instructions: cut back in the winter to protect the leaves from the cold and to prepare to start fresh in the next growing season. You can cut back up to 2 inches off the ground

Propagation methods: cut a stem just below a node and place in water until roots start to emerge

Landscape use: background plants 

Light needs: 2 – 6 hours of sun a day

Special features: heart shaped leaves 

Watering instructions:  weekly watering required 

Fertilizing instructions : use 20 – 20 – 20 biweekly during the growing season. Less often is acceptable. Biweekly just promotes the most growth.

Best time to plant: spring or fall

Best type of soil: adapts to all kinds of soil

Companion plants: daylilies, ferns, sweet potato vine 

Toxicity level: potentially mildly toxic if ingested 

Invasive species: no

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