Source for common Elephant's Ear?

echobellyJune 16, 2014

I just moved to a new house and dug up a lot of the elephant's ear to take with me. I cleaned off the corms and left them to dry in a box in the garage till I was ready to plant them. Unfortunately it was a pretty wet and humid winter and most of them rotted. I've looked at some nursery's that sell it online, but they seem to just carry exotic types for big bucks. I'm happy with the common one, it's always done well for me. I'm afraid it might be a little too common that no place bothers carrying it. Someone told me to buy taro root at a grocery store, but none I've been to carry it. Any other suggestions? I'd really like a big mass of them at the back of my property.

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You can usually get the bulbs at Lowe's. I bet if you looked around you could probably find a neighbor that had some to dig up.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 12:09PM
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eric_9b(z9b Orlando)

Are you referring to the huge EEs seen in landscapes? This one is Xanthosoma sagittifolium. Its an old heirloom plant hardly ever sold in nurseries anymore. Best bet is to get some young ones from someone.

The EE bulbs sold in stores is a large form of Colocasia esculenta.

Some other large EEs that are common in nurseries inlcude; Alocasia macrorrhizos, Alocasia 'Calidora', Alocasia 'Portora' Alocasia 'Sarian', and Colocasia gigantea.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 8:03AM
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If you want the common EE, look for an Asian food store, preferably Indian. Ask for Eddo or Taro (commonly used in curries) & look for ones with tiny shoots sprouting for faster leaves surfacing. They are sold by weight.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 10:03PM
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i posted lots of links for common latam tubers from grocery store - xfer to botanical names, common names to look for, etc. you should be able to get them at a mexican or latam/filipino/asian grocery.

Here is a link that might be useful: look at the end

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 11:11PM
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theoj(Z9 FL)

You didn't say what city you live in. Elephant Ears grow in my yard, I can't get rid of them.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 9:36PM
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