January 11, 2013
Growing Elephant Ears in the Phoenix, Arizona area
• Elephant Ears love water. If you have a particularly boggy part of your yard, that's where they will thrive. They are practically a water plant. They dry out quickly, so plant them where it's wet and stays wet.
• Elephant Ears sunburn easily. Like many tropical plants here in the Phoenix, Arizona area, they love the heat, but too much direct sunlight can burn them. Plant them where they can get morning sun and afternoon shade.
• Elephant Ears love plant food. Be generous with the Miracle Grow. I use household plant spikes, Osmocote, and also do foliar feeding with a hose-end sprayer.
• Elephant Ears don't like cold. It's January 11th today and it has been very cold here. The bad news is that the leaves look pretty bad all winter, but the plants can be left in the ground and will grow back strongly when it warms up in February.
By the way, you usually won't see these in places like Home Depot. But the better nurseries carry the tubers (which are like bulbs). Show them the photo from this blog post and they'll know what you want.
Posted by Brad Hall