Elephant Ears are fun to grow and are beautiful. To get the most out of your new Colocasia Elephant Ear Bulbs, we have some professional planting tips. First pick a spot that is not full sun but shade or morning sun only. The sun’s heat will stress out your Elephant Ears and weaken their immune system.
For rapid root and foliage growth, you want loose soil. Dig the hole for your Green Elephant Ears twice as wide and deep as the root ball. Shred the ground soil well with the shovel. To help retain moisture and keep soil loose, mix in a good deal of compost or humus. Before covering the roots, soak them in a bucket of water for about 5 minutes to make sure they are well hydrated.
Once planted, you will want to give your new perennial a booster shot. Watering well with MiracleGro will stop transplant shock easily. The instant availability of good moisture and plant food does wonders at helping it adapt to the new environment. Your Black Elephant Ears will grow like crazy if you repeat the MiracleGro application once a month until fall. You can also switch to slow release fertilizer after the booster shot.
Black Magic Colocasia plants do best with consistent moisture. Planting them in part to full shade helps them withstand the heat and not dry out too fast. When temperatures soar and drought comes to call, it can be hard to keep your Elephant Ears happy. You can also make a quick drip reservoir with a 2-liter pop bottle. Drill a hole in the cap with a steak knife. Fill and tip the bottle up top down to drip into the soil while you are away at work. You can easily prop up your hidden cheap water reservoir with a rock or edging stakes.