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Georgetown, AL
(Zone 9a)

June 30, 2013
8:59 AM

Post #9580011

This Elephant Ear is on the east wall of my house. Morning sun and afternoon shade. Seems it should be bigger/taller than this.
Would this one do better if moved to less sun, more shade?

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Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 30, 2013
11:59 AM

Post #9580253

How big was the bulb when you planted it? How long has the plant been in the ground?
Georgetown, AL
(Zone 9a)

July 1, 2013
5:45 AM

Post #9581315

KJ, I haven't seen the bulb because it was potted when I bought it. I didn't clean it down to the bulb to plant it. It was about 4 foot tall. It has been there in the ground since about mid-May.

More important info: This is another purchase from my trip to Houston. I may have confused it. Due to purchasing in the late fall, I brought it home and put it in the house. It thrived all winter.. I moved it from house to patio in April where it remained beautiful. Then later moved it to its current location. It then completely died back. I thought it was a goner.. It finally sprouted a new leaf and then two more. My guess is that it demanded at least a brief dormancy. My other EE's are much taller now and this one just seems "stunted", probably my fault. I think it was labeled as a "giant" so I just thought my leaves would grow UP faster.

Do you think I just messed with its normal cycle to much, or does it need a shadier spot?
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 1, 2013
6:02 AM

Post #9581341

I have my Jack's Giant EE's growing in full sun and they seem to be doing fine. If it were me, I would have to dig it up and check the bulb, but that's just me. Maybe it just needs time to root in and take off.
Georgetown, AL
(Zone 9a)

July 1, 2013
6:17 AM

Post #9581355

I will do that... Thanks again.
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 6, 2013
11:23 AM

Post #9589008

Last year mine just "sat". Never grew. Leaves were ~12"
This year it took off. Bet some of the leaves are over 3' long.
It gets sun about 1/2 the day and is outside the reach of the sprinkler.



July 6, 2013
8:50 PM

Post #9589632

This is a Alocasia and not a Colocasia. It should grow better in more shade if your area is hot and dry during the Summer months.
Georgetown, AL
(Zone 9a)

July 9, 2013
2:17 PM

Post #9593170

Thank You... Just looking at it, it feels like I need to move it to a shadier spot. Very hot here, yet humid and rainy.. We get dry spells but have not as of yet. It just doesn't seem happy. It was quite a bit taller in the pot..
Huntersville, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2013
5:06 PM

Post #9594567

Did you amend your soil well within a 3' diameter and about 2' deep?


Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 23, 2013
11:06 PM

Post #9610228

It can take a year to establish. I put several colocasias in last year and they didn't seem to be doing anything. First hot day this year and they all have new growth and the leaves are starting to get larger. I wish I would have had larger bulbs to start with though, it could be years before these are full size, oh well.
Vieques, PR

July 27, 2013
6:03 AM

Post #9613194

Looks like alocasia Amangea. Likes light soil, plenty of food, can take full sun if kept moist.
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

August 12, 2013
2:17 PM

Post #9628705

Do you know what kind it is? I have many that never get more than 3 feet, while others are huge. Colocasia and Aloscasia react differently, and have been bred for different traits. You may have purchased one that is intended to be a larger potted plant. It's fine being put in the ground, but may never reach the huge size, that some others that have been bred for height, will reach.

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