This is the time of year when one of my very favorite plants begins to shine. These stately, easy to grow giants remind me of the tropics. Of swaying palm trees and gentle breezes. They are a little bit of heaven in the yard.
Elephant Ears come in a variety of colors and sizes and are so simple to grow that you can just plant them and enjoy, but here are a few growing tips if you are just starting out:
* Elephant Ears can be grown in the ground or in containers. Once they get established, they require very little. You can water them during drought and fertilize them if you want to.
* Most prefer moist, rich soil.
* They prefer partial shade, but can be grown in full sun.
* We are in Zone 8 and many of ours live through the winter, but it is recommended that you lift the tubers in the fall and store them indoors over the winter. Cut off the foliage to within 2" of the tuber and store in a cool dark place over the winter. After the danger of frost has passed in the spring you can plant them outdoors. Plant the tubers with the round end down at a 2" to 3" depth.