Alocasias and Colocasias, commonly known as ‘Elephant Ears’, are magnificent tropical plants that are famous for their dramatic foliage. Immense leaves measuring up to 2 feet across with foliage colors varying from lime green to almost jet black.
Extremely versatile, tropical perennials that will thrive outdoors, in containers and as houseplants! These plants can be used as background plants, ground covers or edging. If you have never grown elephant ear bulbs before, you are in for a treat as they are easy to grow and maintain. Most of these plants will prefer rich and moist soil and can be grown in full sun, but some will prefer partial shade. Keep in mind to protect your bulbs from frost by lifting them from the soil or bringing them indoors for the winter.
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Some interesting facts about growing Elephant Ear Bulbs:
- Elephant ear plants are native to tropical regions of Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
- They belong to the family Araceae and the genus Colocasia and Alocasia.
- They get their name from their large, ear-shaped leaves that can grow up to 3 feet long.
- Elephant ear plants are grown for their ornamental foliage and are popular in landscaping and indoor collections.
- They grow best in moist, well-drained soil and thrive in warm, humid environments.
- Elephant ear bulbs are easy to grow and are low maintenance, making them an ideal choice for gardeners of all levels.
- They come in a range of colors, including green, bronze, and black.
- Elephant ear plants are grown for their leaves, not their flowers, which are small and unassuming.
- They are frost-tender plants and should be protected from freezing temperatures.
- In the wild, elephant ear plants can grow up to 6-8 feet tall, making them a striking focal point in any garden.