How Do You Plant Elephant Ears?


Quick Answer

Plant elephant ear tubers in a shady location by digging holes slightly deeper than the length of the tuber, placing the tuber in the hole with the rounded side up and covering with approximately 1/4 inch of soil. Keep the soil slightly damp, and fertilize monthly.

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  1. Select the growing site

    Plant elephant ears so that they receive filtered sun. Choose a location with protection from the wind. In warmer locations, elephant ears can become invasive, so consider planting in containers.

  2. Dig the hole

    Dig the holes for the tubers slightly deeper than the bulb length. Space the tubers approximately 3 feet apart.

  3. Plant the tuber

    Plant the tuber so it is upright with the rounded end facing up. Fill the hole with soil, and cover the tuber with approximately 1/4 inch of soil. Flatten the soil with your hand.

  4. Water the bulbs

    Water the bulbs after planting. Keep the soil slightly damp. Only water during long dry spells during the normal rainy season if the top inch of soil feels dry. During the dry season, water anytime the soil feels dry.

  5. Fertilize once monthly

    When elephant ears are in the growing season, fertilize monthly using 20-20-20 fertilizer, following the manufacturer's directions. In cooler climates, dig the tubers, and store them in a cool but not freezing location for planting again the next year.

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