Carol M
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elephant ears

I was given an E.Ears plant. NO info came with it...so...how to water, sun/no sun. Leaves are turning brittle and black. It's an indoor plant as I'm zone #5 and has to be dug up. Many thanks for your tips/help.

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Re: elephant ears

yeah, the leaves die back. In cold winter country like yours and mine, elephant ear is just dug and stored for the winter.

Gently lift them from the soil, keeping as much roots as you can. Cut the foliage off, rinse the dirt off the bulb/ tuber, pat it dry. Leave them in a warm dark dry place with good air circulation for a week or so to be sure they are thoroughly dry. Then wrap them in paper and store them in a cool dark place until the soil has warmed up in spring, re-plant.

I guess it is possible to keep them alive and growing as houseplants for the winter, but seems like more trouble than it is worth. Especially since the leaves of yours are already dying back, I would just store as above.
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Carol M
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Re: elephant ears

You're info is most appreciated! Thank you...

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