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Overwinter elephant ear as bulb.

I've had this elephant ear for about 3 or 4 years. I live in a colder climate so I've been bringing it down to the basement to overwinter under fluorescent lights. It's getting so big that it may not be an option this year. Wondering if anyone has had luck cutting back all the leaves and having it come back.

Guessing it's about 10 feet tall.

  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro Smithtown, NY
    on Sep 12, 2017

    Do not cut it back right now,the bills feed on the foliage,stop watering and allow the leaves to due back,once completely brown,remove and dig the bulbs up. Dry them completely out and stop in sphagnum peat's in a brown paper bag in a cool dark location

  • Jeannie Baker
    Jeannie Baker Australia
    on Sep 12, 2017

    mine is cut back every winter as they are attacked by frost they come back again im in australia

  • FL
    on Sep 12, 2017

    Maybe this site will offer some advice you can use: http://www.gardenguides.com/117800-cut-elephant-ear-leaves-winter.html
    Good luck!

  • Nancy Turner
    Nancy Turner Rochester, MN
    on Sep 13, 2017

    When I got mine this spring it was in the form of a bulb that I planted in big half wine barrels. If you could have one in your house, perhaps you could dig it up and transplant it into that for the winter. The planter would be too hard to move and take in house with soil in it. My elephant ears and coleus are going to be left to die down and bring the bulbs in for a winter rest in paper bags in the store room in my basement that stays dark and is cooler than the house. I don't know if they would survive the cold in the garage.

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Sep 13, 2017

    Best is to cut it back in the winter :)

  • Sherry R
    Sherry R Marion, WI
    on Sep 14, 2017

    We are Zone 3/4. I find that the best approach is to dig the bulbs up just before the first hard frost. Allow to harden in the sun a day or two, and then winter the bare bulbs in a basement, etc. Replant in the spring, and be prepared to wait, the shoots usually don't appear until late June.

  • Jeanie Davis
    Jeanie Davis Chandler, TX
    on Sep 14, 2017

    I cut them then cover with hay in the winter .they spread and get bigger each year.

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