Today I have brought out my overwintered elephant ear bulbs and it is looking pretty grim. They are all dried up it seems, all brown and very light in weight. All of the Elephant Ears I have seen and bought are hard bulbs like tulips and daffodils. Not just this dry wad of husks. Are they doomed? Only a few of them feel slightly hard deep inside, so is it a waste of time to plant them?
Not sure, but if I spend a few minutes planting them and they grow, got me some Elephant Ears. If I don’t and toss them, I will never know. So I vote to go ahead and get them in some soil so that I can see what happens.
It is too early for them to go outside since we in Ohio have still been getting snow this week. Weird April, I know. But I have planted EE before very early and allowed them to get a head start inside. But this year, on Lockdown, I can’t get out and get a few large bags of soil which is what I would need to fill the large containers. So we will give them “temporary housing” to see if they grow.
Here is the Overwintered Elephant Ear – Big difference, right?
Later they can be moved into their permanent (for the summer) homes. I plan to use the same big pots I did last year and put them on the deck in the sun. They did so well last year and I was looking forward to seeing if I could carry them over winter.
If I give them a good month or more inside, I may still get a plant. Meanwhile, I think I will look for some big Jumbo Bulbs again and get them started too. Why wait another month? In the event some of these overwintered elephant ear bulbs grow, that will just add more to the mix.
And I HAVE to have some more Coffee Cup style. They were awesome!
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Here’s the video so you can see for yourself how they looked. Do I have any hope at all? Let me know in the comments or let’s talk over on the video on YouTube. Thanks for reading!