For three years, we attempted to grow Elephant Ear plants in the back yard. They did pretty well the first year when we planted about 8 bulbs in the ground, but unfortunately we did not dig them up and they did not come back the following year. Year two we grew some in a large flower pot and brought them inside during the winter. They did pretty good, but never got as big as the ones in the grounds. This year we had the same pot again, which never grew larger than about three feet tall. This year I decided to cut these back and dig up their bulbs, in hopes of having them go dormant so I can plant them in the ground next year. I couldn’t bare to throw their stems away, so I put them in a vase to keep on the kitchen windowsill to enjoy just a while longer.
The other pic is of another Elephant Ear we bought two years ago. I’m not sure if it’s some type of miniature or not, but it’s never put out the large flat leaves like the other. We even put it in a larger pot hoping to encourage it. They were so small this year, I felt sad cutting it back and decided to repot it into a smaller pot and add it to the windowsill as well. Doesn’t it look like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors?
So any good tips out there for storing dormant elephant ear bulbs? Most sites say to wash all the dirt off to prevent mold and to allow the bulbs to dry before storing them in a brown paper bag in a cool spot for the winter. I’ve also read to store them in sand. Most sites just mention a cool space in a bag, so that’s what I’m going with. Let’s hope it works!