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Janecline
NE, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 22, 2006
5:08 PM

Post #2211220

Today one huge Mammoth Elephant Ear 'bulb' is planted. How long will it take for it to grow? If you have one of these planted in your yard or not, I would enjoy hearing about your experiences.
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

April 23, 2006
11:36 AM

Post #2213213

I am trying to get them started in the house - last year when I planted them out it seemed to take forever for them to do anything. I think they need warm soil. Once the soil warmed up and I saw activity - Holy Hannah, the thing took off! I have some that I didn't pot up yet and might still put those outside as most of what I read says to plant in early spring...I guess I'll consider it an experiment.
Janecline
NE, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2006
3:22 PM

Post #2566493

Thank you for responding, Anitabryk2. Since April through July, NE PA had a lot of rain. This is the first year planted and the M.E.E. plant has 3 small leaves. Is that normal? Maybe it will grow larger before frost. Do you know if it has to be dug up and stored until next spring?
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 30, 2006
7:19 PM

Post #2567378

Hmmm, my ears are very large. How much sun does it get? Yes, you need to dig it up and store it for the winter.
Dave47
Southern, CT
(Zone 6a)

July 31, 2006
12:14 PM

Post #2569979

Anita, I always pictured you with normal-sized ears. My nose is big. Don't you think you should start your own thread for confessing large body parts?

Jane, sorry for the interruption but I couldn't resist.
ericalynne
Windham, NY
(Zone 4b)

July 31, 2006
3:52 PM

Post #2570543

when i lived in louisiana, i had elephant ears that grew over my table.we used it as an umbrella. it depends on what variety you have. some stay small. . i potted one and kept it as a house plant. careful though, some people are allergic to the sap.
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 31, 2006
4:09 PM

Post #2570614

Erica - when you lived in LA, did the EE's go dormant?

gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

August 1, 2006
1:52 AM

Post #2572860

I have an elephant ear which is getting it's third leaf. It is in a decorative 8" pot. I don't think it will get beach umbrella size up here in NE but it has already outlived the last one I had a couple of years ago that got gnawed to death by a skunk or a squirrel or something. I will take a picture tomorrow.
Martha
ericalynne
Windham, NY
(Zone 4b)

August 1, 2006
12:45 PM

Post #2574041

anita- no. elephant ears were all year round. they were invasive too if you weren't careful. boy do i miss being able to garden all year round. you couldn't grow tulips and crocus,but green all year made up for it.
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 1, 2006
1:23 PM

Post #2574150

I figured that was why your EE's were so big. I hear they use them as umbrellas in some neck of the woods!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2006
4:18 PM

Post #2578725

Dave is too funny!

I planted my first EE in May and it did nothing (visible) for the longest time but now has it's third leaf, just like gardenmart's. Wow! I wanted something big and noticeable but just didn't believe the size it would get to in dead shade! I'm impressed.

I will dig it, Janecline, and save it for next year! May even get two black ones...maybe.

Ericalynne: but we have the beautiful white cover in winter - don't you like that?

Anita: love the idea of using them as umbrellas - maybe even for fairy statues!

Can we all take pictures to compare sizes for Dave?
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 2, 2006
4:35 PM

Post #2578791

Sounds good - I will be away until next week, so you will have to wait until then :)

gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

August 2, 2006
5:25 PM

Post #2578963

My EE feels at home today. It's got to be 99-100 degrees outside. Just like Florida! I was out doing preemptive watering this morning around 7 and it was 80 or so then. But the hibiscus and the EE seem happy!
Martha
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2006
5:35 PM

Post #2578997

I was out early, too, also watering. I felt like I was walking into an oven turned on the highest heat. Yes, the plants here seem happy and oblivious to the heat we scorn, Martha.
ericalynne
Windham, NY
(Zone 4b)

August 3, 2006
12:35 PM

Post #2581989

my nastertiums are wilting and my roses aren't enjoying the heat but everything else seems fine. somthing ate all of the buds off my perrenial sweet pea!!! didn't touch a leaf, just the buds. even left the stems. i planted it from seed 2 years ago and this was the first year it was going to bloom! i don't even know what color it is!!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 3, 2006
1:47 PM

Post #2582179

How tall was it, ericalynne? I'm wondering if it was bunnies or deer.
ericalynne
Windham, NY
(Zone 4b)

August 3, 2006
7:38 PM

Post #2583379

it's only 3 ft tall. and its up against a fence. too close to my house to be deer and i have a mean and sadistic serial killer cat so it can't be bunnies. i'm thinking some kind of bug/caterpillar. probably my new number 1 enemy- japanese beatles. they ate all of the buds off my hollyhocks and are working on my roses as we speak.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 3, 2006
8:49 PM

Post #2583662

I despise them but that doesn't do you any good. All I can offer is my sympathy.
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2007
2:52 PM

Post #3503333

I just bought these Super Mamoth Elephant Ear Bulbs. It says to plant the blunt end. Do I have the blunt ends? One has like 5 places cut off, is that the bottom or the top? My brain is small as a peanut.

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