Elephant Ears are one of the most rewarding, easy to
grow, home and patio plants available and they seem to grow best when neglected.
They add a wonderful accent to any garden or patio.
All our live Elephant Ear plants are 2-4+ years old and are extremely well established. Elephant Ears come in the growers pot with the growers soil mix (NOT BARE ROOT), are very well packed and only mildly trimmed.
Above, plants on the trim table being prepped for shipping. Plants in the foreground right are 4" pot specimens whereas the plants to the left and rear rear are in 6" diameter pots. These plants generally double in size in a few months if allowed room to grow in ground or in a larger pot.
Our growers always try to select the healthiest plants for your shipment. Plants above are trimmed and ready for packaging. Before leaving our growers all plants are inspected, watered and pruned if necessary. Your new Elephant Ear is then bagged to keep the soil moist and to ensure that the soil stays in the pot not loose in the box.
Below is a general guideline and may or may not work in your environment.
Ideal use: Indoor Decor, Elephant Ear Containers and Desert Gardens.
Indoor Anywhere, Outdoor Zone 7 - 11 Depending on species. Avoid frost if possible. In very cold zones a containerized Elephant Ear can be brought inside for the winter months. Most will survive a very light frost and quickly return to normal in spring.
Height - Elephant Ear vary dramatically depending on species (see product). However your new Elephant Ear may over or under perform, depending on the light, soil and humidity it is exposed to.
Recommended Container Size - Most gardeners don't realize that Elephant Ear do very well in containers. Container size may vary depending on the growth rate of the plant. Allow enough room for growth generally a 12" to a 24" diameter, 10" deep container will do well.
Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your plant will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for division and/or a larger pot.
PatioPlants.com Elephant Ear come in a variety of colors, with or without thorns.
Water - Elephant Ear must be treated like Elephant Ear and water when nearly dry. Over watering will kill the plant. Remember the #1 cause of death to plants is over watering. Many decorative containers do not have drain holes at the bottom, so when a plant is regularly watered the roots in the bottom of the pot are subjected to an aquatic environment, with no hope for oxygen and the decay begins.
Light 75-100% Full sun is best. When planting outside expect the plant to go dormant while acclimating to its new environment. Elephant Ears enjoy light. Try not to keep your Elephant Ear in a shady area. If potted and the plant must be kept away from a natural light source, move it to a sunny location for a few days every once in a while to perk it up.
Soil - Well drained, sandy Elephant Ear mix. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky soils.
Fertilize - Fertilizer can be detrimental to PatioPlants.com Elephant Ear and too much can kill the plant so fertilize sparingly with 10-10-10 or 12-12-12, slow time release fertilizer is best. For in ground planting, broadcast a balanced granular fertilizer once a month. Elephant Ear are light feeders, however unfertilized they will tend to grow very slowly and virtually remain dormant. For a rich, full look, feed them monthly but don't over fertilize. If a little is good, a lot is NOT always better.
When you receive your new Elephant Ear - Open your box carefully and water if dry. Please take your time when opening. Most foliage damage occurs when the box is ripped open in the excitement of receiving new plants. Many plants, especially Elephant Ears, are very fragile and leaves will snap off easily if not handled cautiously. Our growers are shipping live plants intended for generations of enjoyment. If your plant become damaged, with broken or yellow leaves, do not worry this situation is only temporary, with proper care your new plant will bounce right back in a week or two.
Planting Information - Remove the plant carefully from its pot by laying it on its side and lightly tapping the sides of the container. Gently slide the plant out of the pot. In some cases where the roots have grown through the holes of the container you may need to cut the container off of the plant. If pups are present, plant as shown below.
Use a sharp knife or garden shears to make slits down the sides of the root ball. This will encourage accelerated root growth into the new soil. Be sure not to cut too deeply into the main root system. The object is to only score or cut through the secondary or feeder roots.
Plant in ground or in a container using well drained, sandy soil. Your Elephant Ear should be planted flush with the soil line. Often we have found mixing a small amount of slow time release fertilizer into the lower level of the soil before planting speeds up the rate of growth. When planting in ground space plants to allow clumps to form and develop properly. If planted too tightly there will not be enough room for root expansion and plants will not reach their full height and bloom potential.
PatioPlants.com Offsets or cuttings work well for the propagating of most Elephant Ear.
New plants come very well established w/ pot.
Cut through the roots to separate plantlets.
Divide each plant and separate their roots.
Start new plantlets with fresh well drained soil.
Seeds & Pups Elephant Ear will eventually produce seed however pups from the flower stalk will grow much faster than seedlings which take 3-9 weeks to germinate.
Beautiful shafts appear summer to fall.
Elephant Ear species produce seeds & pups.
Carefully plant seeds or pups 1/4 in. deep.
Pups are planted the same as offsets.
Best Elephant Ears for patio containers
PatioPlants.com Elephant Ears make an excellent addition to any interior or patio. They are incredibly hardy and drought tolerant.
You'll also find Elephant Ears require little of your attention and grow well in just about any environment but prefer high light condition. They are shipped UPS Ground grower direct and include the growers pot.
Elephant Ears arrive at your door very well rooted and depending on the species, can often be immediately divided into 4 or more plants.
We recommend you visit Huntington Botanical Gardens, The Getty Museum, or The Los Angeles County Arboretum to enjoy these ancient plants.
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