This blog is about growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area

April 21, 2014

Elephant Ear flower beginning

It's April 21st and I just noticed that one of the Elephant Ear plants here is beginning to form a flower. It's that weird-shaped thing in the middle with the bulge at the bottom. I've had Elephant Ears here at The Tropical Paradise for many years and they very rarely flower, and the flower only lasts a few hours, so I'm gonna keep an eye on this one.

From what I can figure, gardening is just like real estate: location, location, location. This plant was planted about year ago right nearby a bunch of others that have either died or are just struggling. But the combination of water and shade in this exact spot is working for this plant.

Other than its location, all I can say is that it gets a nice double-dose of water, both from the low-pressure watering system, and the misting system (you can see the riser for the misting system just to the left). I also have given it regular feedings of those Dollar Store plant food spikes, an occasional dousing of Miracle-Gro, and even some Super Thrive. I have no idea what works, so I try everything. I'm experimenting mostly.

From what I've seen before, the flower will open up fairly soon and hopefully I will be there with my camera to take a photo. This plant is right outside of my bedroom window, so I have no excuse for not keeping my eye on it. I will let you know how it does!

Update April 25 - Actually there are two flowers beginning. Just noticed this morning.
2nd flower beginning

Update April 27 -The first flower is beginning to open.
First flower of Elephant Ear beginning to open

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