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Garden56
Jamestown, NY
(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2011
10:19 AM

Post #8757706

I was given two plants as a thank-you. Being an outdoor gardener, these were new ones for me. I was told that they are elephant ears. I have been trying to read up on their care. My first question is there a difference between Caladium and Colocasia? My second question: How should I care for these? I am pretty sure that in zone 5, I should take them in before a frost. The leaves will die down as I gradually cut down the water and then store them in peat moss in my basement. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 17, 2011
7:20 AM

Post #8761132

They are related plants. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caladium

http://gardening.about.com/od/floweringbulbs/a/StoringBulbs.htm

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/exotic/storing-elephant-ear-bulbs.htm

http://gardening.about.com/od/floweringbulbs/a/StoringBulbs.htm
Garden56
Jamestown, NY
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2011
6:08 AM

Post #8762652

Thank-you for your assistance. I checked all the websites and found them helpful.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 18, 2011
6:18 AM

Post #8762708

You are very welcome. I am glad you found them useful. I could not give you much in the way of personal experience as all of my caladiums and elephant ears overwinter in the ground here.
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 21, 2011
4:52 AM

Post #8768145

I bring mine in the house and store them in the basement for the winter. You are right, they won't survive the winter up here.
kellyH29
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

August 21, 2011
12:04 PM

Post #8768849

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