Storing Taro root (elephant ear)

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

I found out Taro root sold at my grocery store is actually Elephant Ear plant. I was wondering how to store them during winter, they have almost no roots and being dormant and not stored properly I don't know if they will survive storage?

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

I was looking and its also called Yautia or Arrowleaf Elephant Ear. Are they hardy in the cold unlike other elephant ears? I live in zone 7a

Hanceville, AL(Zone 7a)

I live in 7b and elephant ears here seem to do all right in the winter. Contact your county extension service and ask them. Luciee {;^)

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Keith, Is this the one you have? Interesting comments, especially from amorning1.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2218/

Someone with more knowledge about actually growing this one may chime in, but since you and I live in the same Zone, I think it would be a bit late to plant (dormant, no roots). As a test of viability, you could plant yours in a pot inside and grow it as a houseplant.



West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

Quote from FruitOfTheVine :
Keith, Is this the one you have? Interesting comments, especially from amorning1.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2218/

Someone with more knowledge about actually growing this one may chime in, but since you and I live in the same Zone, I think it would be a bit late to plant (dormant, no roots). As a test of viability, you could plant yours in a pot inside and grow it as a houseplant.



Yes that's it, from the grocery store, but i'm not eating them I want to grow them instead. :) I have grown elephant ear before but I always have to take the corm out first sign of frost. According to here the one I bought IS able to stay planted all year here, but other sites are saying only 8a and above it's hardy, so i'm confused. I wanted to store the corm in my basement until next spring when it can be grown outside.

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

If you want to store it, that ought to work, assuming your basement doesn't experience ultra freezing temps. Here's more info:

http://www.onalee.com/catalog.php/onaleeisrael/dt66033/pd1741768/Elephant_Ear_Giant_Green_Tropical_Arrow_Leaf_Colocasia_Esculenta_PLANT


West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

Quote from FruitOfTheVine :
If you want to store it, that ought to work, assuming your basement doesn't experience ultra freezing temps. Here's more info:

http://www.onalee.com/catalog.php/onaleeisrael/dt66033/pd1741768/Elephant_Ear_Giant_Green_Tropical_Arrow_Leaf_Colocasia_Esculenta_PLANT



It's in the high 50's so not too cold and not too hot.

Stamford, CT(Zone 6b)

I would put this thread on the Aroids forum. They have some real talent there.

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