- How do you split an elephant ear plant?
- When should Elephant Ears be transplanted?
- How do you repot elephant ears?
- Can you grow elephant ears from cuttings?
- How often do you water elephant ears?
- How do you keep elephant ears from spreading?
- Why is my elephant ear plant flowering?
- Why are the leaves on my elephant ears turning yellow?
- Why does my elephant ear plant drip water?
- How much sun do elephant ears need?
- Are elephant ears poisonous?
- Do elephant ears like coffee grounds?
- Do elephant ears like to be misted?
- Do elephant ears make good house plants?
- How do you get rid of invasive elephant ears?
- What do you do with elephant ear flowers?
- What does an elephant ear flower look like?
- How long do elephant ears bloom?
- What is the best fertilizer for elephant ears?
- Should you cut yellow leaves?
- Can yellow leaves turn green again?
How do you split an elephant ear plant?
Use a sharp knife or your shovel and bisect the section away from the parent. Tubers cut cleanly with a texture like a potato. Rhizomes are separated from the main mass. Ensure each new plantlet has a good root system already in place and the rhizome, or tuber, has no blemish or rotten area.
When should Elephant Ears be transplanted?
The best time for transplanting elephant ears is when new growth appears in spring. Elephant ears sprout from tubers in spring and quickly grow into large, spreading clumps. In frost-free areas elephant ears can be transplanted any time of year, but transplanting when the plants are small is easiest.
How do you repot elephant ears?
At the bottom of the grow pot, and a layer of soil, then place the plant in the center of the pot and cover with new soil. Pat down firmly and water thoroughly. Place the plant in an area with bright indirect light. Your plant will take 2-4 weeks to settle from the shock and adjust to its new home.
Can you grow elephant ears from cuttings?
Elephant ears will also grow in up to six inches of standing water. ... Don't try to propagate elephant ears from cuttings, Instead, when the mother plant has grown into a large clump, dig up and divide the tubers. Wait until winter or early spring when growth has slowed before dividing the mother plant.
How often do you water elephant ears?
Plan on giving plants at least 2-3 inches of water per week. Fertilizing: Elephant ears are heavy eaters, as well as drinkers. Fertilize monthly with a general fertilizer of choice.
How do you keep elephant ears from spreading?
Always read labels carefully. The proper herbicide for elephant ear will be an all-purpose type. Spray all the aerial parts of the plant thoroughly with the herbicide, then give it time to start working. The foliage and stems will die back as the herbicide works its way down into the tuber.
Why is my elephant ear plant flowering?
These tropical beauties, like other plants, will bloom when they reach maturity and receive the perfect growing conditions. Most gardeners remove any flowers that form so all the energy can go into producing more attractive leaves.
Why are the leaves on my elephant ears turning yellow?
If the leaves are turning yellow, it could mean there is a problem. Try changing the amount of sunlight or water the plant gets and possibly apply a fertilizer. Alternatively, the plant may be going dormant for the season. Cut back the yellow leaves and wait for it to return next spring.
Why does my elephant ear plant drip water?
When houseplant leaves develop droplets of water on their tips, it is probably just transpiration as water moves through the plant and evaporates from its leaves, stem, and flowers. 1 Leaves dripping water is a natural occurrence, just like people sweating. If it's humid or dewy out, water droplets collect on leaves.
How much sun do elephant ears need?
Growing elephant ear plants is easy. Most of these plants prefer rich, moist soil and can be grown in full sun, but they generally prefer partial shade. The tubers can be placed directly outdoors once the threat of frost or freezing temperatures have ceased in your area.
Are elephant ears poisonous?
Elephant Ear Plant Safety
The leaves and stems are the most toxic parts of the plants. Even touching them can cause skin irritation and itching, and if you get the sap in your eyes, your eyes will sting and burn for several hours. ... Elephant ear poisoning is rarely fatal, unless large amounts are eaten.
Do elephant ears like coffee grounds?
The caffeine in coffee also suppresses some plant growth and too much of it will suppress the growth of elephant ears. ... If you use coffee grounds as a mulch around your elephant ear plant it will block moisture from getting to the plant. There are, though, ways to minimize this effect.
Do elephant ears like to be misted?
Using a room humidifier and/ or a wet pebble tray and misting the leaves regularly with room-temperature water will, however, keep it quite happy. Misting the plant will also help to keep red spider mites - a pest fond of Elephant's Ear - at bay, as this little critter tends to prefer slightly drier conditions.
Do elephant ears make good house plants?
Upright elephant ears (Alocasia) can be brought indoors and grown as houseplants. Keep the plants in bright, indirect light and keep the soil consistently moist, not wet.
How do you get rid of invasive elephant ears?
Taro and elephant ears in the Xanthosoma species are hard to eradicate with herbicides. Repeated applications of a 2% solution of glyphosate on the surfaces of the leaves may be effective. Painting an herbicide on the stem also may prove effective against all three species of elephant ears.
What do you do with elephant ear flowers?
The plants send out side shoots at the base of the plant which work well for vegetative production. Simply cut off the side growth and pot them up to establish and grow larger. Once the plant is a year old, transplant to an appropriate area of the garden and enjoy. They can also be grown in containers or indoors.
What does an elephant ear flower look like?
Although elephant ears are grown primarily as foliage plants, they can bloom – but flowers are not common in the Midwest. The inflorescences are the typical aroid type with a white to yellow or light green spathe surrounding the spadix.
How long do elephant ears bloom?
Elephant ears are generally planted in spring, once all danger of frost has passed, and only grow outdoors year-round in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8b through 11. They can flower from late spring to early fall.
What is the best fertilizer for elephant ears?
All elephant ear varieties are considered heavy-feeders, requiring rich, fertile, slightly acidic soil. Fertilize your plants once a month with a slow-release, water-soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer. Alternately, Burpee recommends top dressing with organic compost.
Should you cut yellow leaves?
Pulling Away Yellow or Brown Leaves
Trimming or plucking away yellowing or dead leaves is an easy way to help prevent any unwelcome plant pests from settling onto your plant, which are attracted to decaying or dead leaves more than healthy ones, and they are more likely to appear on a struggling plant.
Can yellow leaves turn green again?
A yellow leaf on a house plant is unlikely to turn green again UNLESS the yellowing is caused by a nutritional deficiency, which if rectified, could cause the green colour to return. Usually though, say goodbye to the green. Hell, make your peace and put the whole leaf's affairs in order. Never mind.