This small genus comes from tropical Asia, where its starchy tubers have been an important food source for centuries. The plants thrive in moist, even wet, soils and produce striking round or arrow-shaped leaves.
Dramatically-colored varieties are now available, including our current favorite, "Black Magic." Big, black, and beautiful, the dusty velvet black leaves of this vigorous Elephant's Ear quickly develop into a mass of bold exuberant tropicality in sun or shade, border or container. A rich moist garden soil will bring out its best, or grow it as a marginal aquatic. Perennial in Zones 8–10.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
Wait to plant your Colocasia outdoors until all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to 60°F. Until then, keep your potted rhizome indoors in a warm (above 65°F), bright location. Move it outdoors once evening temperatures remain above 50°F in your area. Acclimate transplants to outdoor conditions slowly to avoid scorching the foliage. Plant in average to damp soil. If rhizomes are actively growing prior to planting, they will also fare well in soggy soil or even shallow water. Fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer (10-10-10).
Elephant's Ears are hardy to Zone 8 (10°F). In colder climates, they can be overwintered indoors in their container or dug and stored bareroot. Before the first frost in fall, lift the clump of rhizomes with a spade or fork. Store rhizomes in peat moss to help retain moisture, and keep them in a cool location (50–60°F) for the winter.
For information on planting and care of annuals, click here.