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Elephant Ear, Black

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Large-leaved tropical accent plant.

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Bring the tropics into your garden. This exotic beauty with large, metallic, dark purple leaves on sturdy upright 36-48" stems provides magical presence and vertical impact in the border. Works wonders when complemented by caladiums, begonia, impatiens or coleus.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-48 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-18 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

Plant Shipping Information

Plants begin shipping week of:

May 01, 2017

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Restrictions:

Item 84040 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CN, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI
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How to Plant

Planting Elephant Ear Tuber:

  • Plant bulbs outside after all danger of frost has passed and daytime temperatures remain above 70 degrees. Elephant Ears are tropical plants and cannot tolerate any frost. They only emerge when the soil is warm.
  • Select a location in full sun or part sun with a good rich moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Plant bulbs 2-4 feet apart. Plant so the growing tip is up.
  • Dig a hole so that the top of the bulb is 4 inches deeper than the soil line. Cover with 4 inches of soil.
  • Tubers may be started inside 6-8 weeks before all danger of frost has passed. Plant the tubers individually in 6 inch pots using a good quality potting soil or seed starting soil. They require a warm soil in order to emerge so consider using a heat mat.

 

Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full or part sun with good rich moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Plants should stand 2-4 feet apart in the garden.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Set level with or a little deeper than the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots. Elephant Ears benefit from a granular fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Many gardeners remove any flower stalks that develop to keep the strength in the plant.
  • Elephant Ears are only hardy in zone 10. In other locations in the fall, after the first frost or when the foliage begins to die back, dig up the bulbs with the soil and tops clinging to them. Let bulbs dry inside, out of direct sun with plenty of air circulation. Remove the leaves when they are easily tugged away from the bulb, shake off the soil, do not wash. Store bulbs in dry peat moss, perlite, or vermiculite. Do not store the bulbs below 50 degrees.
  • Elephant ears are great for adding a tropical feel to your garden.
  • They may be planted in large containers.
  • The foliage adds drama to large flower arrangements.
  • Plants cannot tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
36-48 inches
Spread
12-18 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Flowering
No
Elephant Ear, Black is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was a little worried at first but we had a really cool spring. This became a really beautiful plant in part sun/part shade. It was really striking planted among hot pink impatiens.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected. Doesn't look like picture. I first bought the large green elephant ear and received a huge bulb. I was so happy and impressed. When I received this black elephant ear I have to say I was disappointed. The size was smaller than an egg and had the tiniest leaves already on it. Hoping it grows fast but first impression was not so good. This is the first time I've been disappointed with anything from Burpee! Will still keep ordering from them.
Date published: 2016-06-05
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