Upright Elephant Ear Bulbs
Coming Soon for Spring 2019!
- Perennial in Zone 8+; Grows up to Up to 4' - 6' Tall at Maturity
- Grows all Summer til Frost
- Prefers Partial Shade
Availability & Turnaround Time
All seeds are shipped year-round, while flower bulbs are shipped on a seasonal basis. Typical turnaround times for in-stock items is between 2 – 5 business days.
|Zones 2 – 10||Year-Round|
|Spring Planted Bulbs & Perennials (Warmest Regions First):|
|Zones 8 – 10||Early-Mid March|
|Zones 7||Mid-Late March|
|Zones 6||Late March - Early April|
|Zones 5||Early-Mid April|
|Zones 2 – 4||Late April - Early May|
|Fall Planted Bulbs & Perennials (Coldest Regions First*):|
|Zones 2-4||Mid September|
|Zones 5||Mid-Late September|
|Zones 6||Late September|
|Zones 7||Late September - Early October|
|Zones 8-10||Early October|
We try our utmost to maintain reliable inventory of all products, and are very proud of our record in doing so. However, as we are a company engaged in what Mother Nature provides, we do sometimes experience shortages and crop failures beyond our control. If, for any reason, we are required to backorder any portion of your order, rest assured we will keep you apprised of updated shipping information and/or any other options that may satisfy your needs and wishes.
The most impressive Elephant Ears variety, the Upright (Alocasia macrorrhiza) won't go unoticed in your garden! Unlike regular Elephant Ears, the huge thick leathery Upright leaves will reach to the sky. Upright Elephant Ears can grow up to 10 feet in tropical climates and up to 8 feet in warm areas once fully matured. Easy to grow and magnificent!
Name: Upright Elephant Ear Botanical Name: Alocasia macrorrhiza Life Cycle: Perennial Bulb/Tuber Size: 7-9 Inches Circumference Color: Dark Green Leaves Planting Season: Spring Bloom Season: All Summer through Frost Height at Maturity: Up to 4ft - 6ft Tall, Reaching up to 8ft in Tropical Climates Planting Depth: 4" Deep Light Requirement: Partial Shade Hardiness Zones: All Hardy 8 - 11, Colder Zones Lift Prior to Frost Ships: Spring
When to Plant your Elephant Ear Bulbs:
Plant when the soil warms up in the Spring, and after any danger of frost has passed. Elephant Ear tubers will not grow until the soil is warm, so plant once soil temperature is 65ºF.
Where to Plant your Elephant Ear Bulbs:
Make sure to give your Elephant Ears plenty of room. An adult Elephant Ear plant will need at least 3 feet of space for proper growth and in a relatively shady area or filtered sun.
Select a partially shaded location, or an area with filtered sun. If planted in a hot, sunny location, make sure they are shaded from the afternoon sun. Plant tubers in rich, well-draining soil. You can improve your soil by adding loamy topsoil or compost.
How to Plant your Elephant Ear Bulbs:
Once you have selected a spot, dig a hole about 3-4 times the size of the tuber. Refill the hole as necessary with loose soil enough so that the tuber will be about 1-2 inches below ground level when planted.
Set the tuber in the planting hole, pointed side up, and cover tuber with soil. Water the area deeply. After watering, about 1" to 2" of soil should cover the tuber. It’s good to mark the spot where the tuber is planted, as it will take a few weeks for the plant to emerge from the soil. Use a stake or other marker so you won't forget where you planted the Elephant Ear.
Wait 1 to 3 weeks. The amount of time it takes for the first growth to show will depend on soil temperature.
How to Care for your Elephant Ear Bulbs:
Water frequently - Elephant Ears need consistent moisture throughout the Summer, and should not be left to go dry. Droopy leaves will give early enough warning for the plant to recover if watered within a day. They can also benefit from an application of liquid fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.
Trim away any faded or brown leaves to encourage new growth.
Zones 7 and below - dig up tubers when the weather turns cold. Elephant ears are Winter hardy only in zones 8-11.The plant will start having troubles when the temperature drop below 50ºF. Before freezing temperatures, you’ll need to dig up your tubers (root system).
Preparing and Storing tubers - First, trim off the green vegetation, or top growth, from the top of the tubers, leaving no more than half to 1 inch of leafy growth on the tuber. Let the tubers sit out in open air for 2 - 3 days, so they can dry out before they are stored. Drying the tubers out helps with minimizing the potential for mold and bacteria to develop.
Store tubers in a cool, dry place. Preferably a basement or location that does not drop below freezing. Do not store in plastic bags. Store in either a plain paper bag with plenty of holes for ventilation, or store in an open crate with peat moss or garden vermiculite. Once Spring arrives, replant the tubers once it starts to warm up. Separate the tubers as needed.
*Elephant Ears are patient growers, especially in cooler zones. They can take several years to reach maturity in some areas.
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