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Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 7, 2013
5:03 PM

Post #9442258

I would like to get one of these but I'm not sure what to do to keep it alive through the winter. I live in zone 5, so it has to be stored inside. My question is, does it have to stay in a pot or is this the type of elephant ear that can be dug up and stored in a cool, dry place?

Thanks,
Rose
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

March 8, 2013
2:48 AM

Post #9442553

Check out this thread:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1218669/

There's a few people there from cold climates discussing what they do.
Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2013
3:53 AM

Post #9442576

Thanks for the link! Still a little confused on over wintering, but if I lose it I'll just look at it as an annual. I've spent more on hanging baskets that are tossed at the end of the season!
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

March 8, 2013
6:08 AM

Post #9442656

I would just withhold watering so the soil dries and the leaves die off, then store the bulb in a cool dry place.
Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 8, 2013
6:56 AM

Post #9442703

I grow mine in a large pot and store it in the utility room in winter which doesn't get below 40 degrees - the utility room also has lights on a timer for other large plants like the papyrus that won't fit in the greenhouse. I started watering it sparingly again about a week ago. I'll increase the amount of water every week until it's safe to take it outside and leave it for the growing season.

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