Just kidding. I’m storing the bulbs from this year’s elephant ear plant. I dug the plant up a month or so ago and let it sit in the garage until the leaves dried.
You see the one in the middle? That’s the Siamese mama bulb…it’s the main bulb I planted, and the other six are the babies. The first year I planted one bulb and at the end of the season I had the same Siamese-type mother bulb and about eight side bulbs. Those funny looking knots on the lower part of the mama bulb will grow into side shoots next year when I plant the mama bulb. I’ve never tried cutting the bottom part off, I just plant the whole thing. The pink growth at the top of the bulb is part of the leaf stalk. It will eventually dry up and I’ll peel it off. They’ll get stored in a container with peat in the basement (the bulbs will die if they freeze) and replanted next spring.
Here are a few factoids about Elephant Ears a/k/a Taro
- Easy to grow
- Heavy feeders
- Needs lots of water
- Can be grown in containers
- Parts of the plant are edible
- Can be used as a bog plant
- Is a perennial in non-frost zones
- Does not transplant well once it’s actively growing
- Multiplies freely – can be invasive in non-frost zones
Can be started indoors in pots and moved outdoors once frost threat has passed.