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Elephant Ear (Colocasia) in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Colocasia esculenta syn. Colocasia antiquorum

 

Elephant Ear (Colocasia)

The elephant's-ear plant gets its name from the leaves, which are shaped like a large ear or shield. It is relatively easy to grow in the UK during the summer months. During the winter, it is best potted up and kept indoors under glass, keeping it dry and frost-free. Stop watering from late autumn through to Spring to ensure the tubers don't rot. This plant contains an irritant which causes intense discomfort to the lips, mouth and throat.

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plant Features
  • Elephant Ear (Colocasia) likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Elephant Ear (Colocasia) likes frequent watering

    Frequent watering

  • Elephant Ear (Colocasia) is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Elephant Ear (Colocasia) likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

 
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plant information

Common name

Elephant Ear (Colocasia)

Latin name

Colocasia esculenta syn. Colocasia antiquorum

type

Herbaceous Perennials

family

Araceae

ph

5.5 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Elephant Ear (Colocasia) likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Elephant Ear (Colocasia) is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Soil

    Elephant Ear (Colocasia) likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

  • Water

    Elephant Ear (Colocasia) likes frequent watering

    Frequent watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Elephant Ear (Colocasia) is 0.50meters x 1.20meters 0.50 M 1.20 M

Colocasia esculenta syn. Colocasia antiquorum

The elephant's-ear plant gets its name from the leaves, which are shaped like a large ear or shield. It is relatively easy to grow in the UK during the summer months. During the winter, it is best potted up and kept indoors under glass, keeping it dry and frost-free. Stop watering from late autumn through to Spring to ensure the tubers don't rot. This plant contains an irritant which causes intense discomfort to the lips, mouth and throat.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Elephant ears should be planted slightly deeper than they grow as they will push up. During the growing season, Colocasia will continually produce new leaves as the older leaves continually die off.

 

Propogation by seed

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Colocasia can be propagated by seed or division. If sowing seed, germination should take place within 21 days.

 

Propogation by division

From Late Autumn TO Late Autumn

If propagating by division, you can divide the larger tubers or separate the new plantlets that form at the rhizome tips.

 
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