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#89193 Jul 13th, 2007 at 11:19 AM
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I've been growing these plants for the past 3 summers. The first summer, the leaves got HUGE but they dried out too quickly and drooped in the hot sun. I managed to overwinter a few of the bulbs, but they didn't like the shade they were planted in last summer in pots, and died out altogether.

This summer I got some GIGANTIC bulbs from WalMart - same place I had gotten the original ones, but they weren't nearly as big as these. I put them out late this year, under the white birch tree where I had cut down the old bushes. They seem to be loving the partial morning sun/afternoon shade there, and are coming along nicely.

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I'd love to see other's pictures of these fascinating plants!


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Looking good Lynne!! I had a simular problem last year because it was soooo hot and dry, I think this year mine have done better because we've had soo much rain and milder temps..

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WOW!!! Now THAT'S what I call Elephant Ears!

Great growing Diane!

Anyone else?


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Woa! I have one planted sorrounded by the pinkish version, but i would actually be scared if it got that big. Now i am nervous. :)


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Originally Posted by dulcimiel80
Woa! I have one planted sorrounded by the pinkish version, but i would actually be scared if it got that big. Now i am nervous. :)


Why would it make you nervous?? why It's good they get big( for me anyway ) although I do know they come in a smaller version.


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I'll have to snap picture of mine.

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I have wild tarro too.
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My EE I have divided so is still some in sun(roots shaded by surrounding plants) and then some thats in more shade but does get some sun& almost 6 ft tall.If I don't keep the ones in full sun watered they will get brown leaves and fall over and wither up.I also got red stemmedEE and illustris.I lost my black.I'm able to grow them in the ground.I tried moveing the black while dormant.Don't recommend doing that.My wild tarro spreads alot.it sends out runners.where is moist is alot...where's its more dry is less.I've grown it in pond also.


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There is a larger form bigger than the one I have.I can't think of its name,but the leaves can be 6 ft tall and 4 ft wide& it will flower if happy.


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This is the thread I was looking for a few days ago. I know very little about EE's, but hubby and I love them. Everyones' EEs are amazing!! Here is a pic of my baby one. First year in the ground. Gets morning sun, then full shade. I tried some black ones that were supposed to be sun tolerant, but they burned up--but one came back!! Looks like a caladium!! why

Anyway--here's our baby....

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Gardenermom~~~~ Next year you'll have even More come up!! I love them!!


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Aside from moist soil, what are your other suggestions for healthy EEs?


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well.don't grow illustris in full sun most of day....the dark coloring don't show then,but the stems are still dark.it stays watered well so otherwise does fine so I'll likely move this one back to a shadier spot.
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is wild tarro behind it and it does the same for me sun or shade.


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and have another bunch of it on both sides of pond in hexbed.it didn't get the extra water....so the leaves fell over.this one gets more than 6 hours of sun and is taller.The banana leaves give some shade to the hexbed ones.



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WOW - I am so jealous of everyone's HUGE leaves!!!
Mine are coming along, but the leaves are not very large yet, and unfortunately, I cannot keep them in the ground here after the fall. I hope they grow large before I have to dig them up!


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give them rich moist soil,maybe a raised bed as that will warm the soil faster.


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I do the same containers every year. I just bring them in the winter and drag out the same pots put some fresh compost on top and get them growing.


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That second picture is beautiful - is that a zebra plant in flower in there?

What type of EE is that - I've not seen one like that for sale around here?


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Thank you plant. The second one is Alocasia 'Polly'. The back of the leaf is dark purple. It is my favorite EE. I brought it at Home Depot 3 yrs ago.


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Now it is almost a month later from the last picture I posted .
These elephant ears are getting taller and taller,, The "shorter" fence is 7 ft ~ look how tall these are in caparison to the fence. This is their second year<<(for the ones in the corner ) I will divide these and place more along the shorter fence so I can eventually get the short fence lined all the way across with them ( 1st year for the ones along the back side),and place a brug in between every few of them. They both like a lot of water and I planted the Brug there this spring to see if it liked that side of the back fence , appearantly they do. ( You can see the brug is tall too and blooming)..
anyway Here they are reaching for the sky!

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WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a picture Appleblossom. thumbup

Now that's one plant I wouldn't want to plant in our area with all our wind. lol


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They are looking great. I love them they look so pre-historic. LOL


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Diane - those are FANTASTIC!!!

Mine are only a fraction of the size that yours are, and are drooping down to the ground - how do you get yours to stay upright like that???


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Lots and lots of water Lynne,, Last year they weren't this big or tall,, I'm thinking that all the rain we had this spring and summer helped them along.
Now that our weather has changed to extreme hot (105 all week 112 heat index ) some of the leave are browning, scorching and curling , particularly the EE by the birdbath planter the ones in the corner are fine, as are the ones on the back fence but another week of this heat and they may end up being cooked! boohoo

When I have gotten off work this week they are dropping, due to the heat But I water them really deep and about an hour later they are upright again.


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EE's can stand sun but need LOTS of water when in the Sun. My one EE has leaves as about 2 feet long and about a foot plus wide. Got to put it in a larger pot next year! I too love EEs!



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WOW! clap What gorgeous EEs everyone has!
They are some of my favorite plants,
I love the tropical feeling they add to a garden.

Here are some from my yard

Alocasia 'Polly' and Alocasia sanderiana 'Nobilis'
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4 or 5 different C. esculenta varieties all growing together here
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C. 'Yellow Splash'.... and .... C. 'Nancy's Revenge'
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WOW zuzu - that second picture is just WOOOOOW!!!


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ZuZU ~~~~~~~I agree with Lynne The second picture is awesome!!!!!!! Love them all!! BUt with them together like that is verrrrry Nice!!!!!!!! clap clap


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Out of curiosity why I measured what appeared to be the largest Elephant ear out of my group,, I couldn't very well hold the yard stick and back up far enough to get a good picture BUT If I had longer arms notme lol and the ear (Leaf) was flat I am estimating it would be around 33 inches long and 24 inches wide at the greatest width ,, I know they get much larger than that But danggggggggg That's a big elephant ear for my little yard! shocklol lol lol lol

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yikes

Yowie...........biggie and pretty.
You should be proud of that collection.. I have one tiny one . Ha ha ha

Do all the plants in N>C> grow that well?

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I dont Know how big they get in N.C. Barb Cuz I live in Texas lol lol! This has been a good year for them ~ we had a lot of rain in the spring and I water them almost every morning about 4:30


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blush blush blush

I read that page wrong...........Sorry ......I meant texas..

That's beautiful.............
Tropics just like Hawaii......

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It's okay Dodge kissie IT really does look like that out there in that corner!! Very tropic! thumbup


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Well... my elephant ears have NOT been liking this dry weather this summer.
Lately the weather has been gorgeous - sunny, not too hot, and dry - but that's the problem - we haven't had rain in a while and I haven't watered as much as I should. Guess I'm afraid to see the water bill now that Don has filled the pond! nervous

So, here is one of my elephant ears this morning after I gave it a good soaking yesterday afternoon. I'm glad the center is at least perking up - I'll need to cut off the yellowing leaves - all the leaves were on the ground before I watered! shock

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flwr

That's gorgous.....DId you ever think of putting up a trilles like thing to make shade........Those wooden strips they put up..Helps .


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