More Information About Colocasia
The elephant ears for sale from Plant Delights Nursery differ from the mundane, green box-store elephant ear bulbs. We offer many new and hard-to-find colocasia (taro plant) selections with unique colorful leaves and stems. Whether you are looking for a chartreuse, red, or black elephant ear, we have what you want...even variegated elephant ears. We are particularly excited to offer the new Royal Hawaiian® series of colocasia for sale from Hawaiian elephant ear breeder, Dr. John Cho. Although Colocasia esculenta is the main species grown in gardens and as commercial taro plants, we also offer other hard to find exotic species of elephant ear plants including Colocasia gigantea, Colocasia fallax, and Colocasia affinis. Elephant ears are heavy feeders, so if your plant isn't growing enough, you either need more heat or more nutrition. Although suitable for soggy conditions, the cold-hardiness of colocasia is increased in soil that is not soggy during the winter.
Elephant ear (taro plant) tubers eventually work their way upward through the soil, so every few years, re-bury your elephant ears at least 6" deep to ensure winter hardiness. Where elephant ears remain in the ground over winter, they will be quite late to re-emerge in late spring or early summer, unless covered with 3-6" of mulch in early fall. A few of the newer colocasia cultivars do not form large tubers and, if dug in winter, cannot be stored dry due to a lack of adequate food reserves. These small-tubered elephant ears are best over-wintered in containers in a cool basement or garage that remains 15-20 degrees above freezing.
Elephant ears, like amny tropical aroids, will not take a notion to grow vigorously until the summer temperatures escalate into the upper 80's...just like real elephants, elephant ears like it hot. Like many semi-tropical plants that have some cold hardiness, elephant ears should be well established prior to the onset of cold weather. If you buy colocasia for your garden, then it is better to do so earlier in the year rather than later. Try pairing your elephant ears with other bold tropicals like canna, musa, hedychium, bog plants like hymenocallis or sarracenia or with complementary plants like ornamental grasses, echinacea, crinum, or iris.
Plant Delights Nursery has one of the largest collections of new, unusual, and rare elephant ears on the market today. If you are looking to buy elephant ears/taro plants, please check out our list of colocasia for sale below!
Check out our in depth article on Elephant Ears.
Check out our article on how to over-winter tropical plants.