Elephant Ears Culture/Care information

 

    Check List:

  • Well-Drained, evenly moist-to-swampy soil
  • Partial Shade
  • Grows 4-6 feet tall
  • Keep well watered
  • Fertilize regularly
  • Protect from strong winds
  • Hardy in Zones 8 - 10 (US),
  • Other zones bring indoors to overwinter
 

 

If grown in Zone 7 Colocasia will normally survive the winter. For best protection, let them go
dormant and cover with mulch. If lower than Zone 6, bring into a greenhouse climate that stays
above 40 degrees, lights are not necessary. To break dormancy, raise temperature above 70
degrees. Plants can be planted outside after the temperature stays above 40 degrees.

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2° C (10° F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4° C (15° F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6° C (20° F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8° C (25° F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1°C (30° F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7° C (35° F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5° C (40° F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings. Very high moisture
needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Planting Requirements: Plant 2 - 4" below soil level.
Best to mulch if not grown in standing water.

Growth Rate: Fast, established quickly.