Black Magic elephant ears

bamacrazy(8b Mobile, AL)May 15, 2006

Can anyone share info on this plant? I would like to grow them, but have a few questions. How likly is it that pets will eat them? Do they multiply? How quickly will they grow? Any special care other than lots of water? Thanks in advance.

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greenelbows1(z9--so LA)

They want lots of food as well as water, and full sun. They grow fairly rapidly once the weather gets consistently hot--much as I love these nights in the fifties, they'll do better when they're in the sixties. I want to add, some people are really negative about elephant ears because SOME of them spread and are hard to get rid of (I have some of those too, so I sort of understand) Black Magic is a clumper and while the clump will get bigger I don't think it would ever be a problem, especially since your friends will want every offset you can pry loose from mama--and they can pry loose from you!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2006 at 3:01AM
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I grow Black Magic around a little fish pool. It gets really big, but it doesn't seem to be too aggressive. Pests are much of a problem. I do give away a lot of it, though.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2006 at 1:31PM
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the_virginian(Zone 7 NoVA)

My BMs even overwinter here with some mulch. I really like them as they give good color contrast to the tropical beds I am planting. Like the hardy banana, Musa Basjoo, they love to be fed and watered. My dogs leave them alone for the most part.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2006 at 12:41PM
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You can take root cuttings if you want but they will take 2 years to develop. I have to bring mine indoors for the winter in NJ. They do fine in a sunny window but will sunburn if you put them out right in blazing sun. Need to aclimate gradually to amount to sunlight. 2 weeks in part shade 2 weeks in half a day sun then into full sun.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2006 at 7:50PM
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the_virginian(Zone 7 NoVA)

You might get them to come back if you mulch them over really well or make a basket filled with leaves to put over them.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 1:34PM
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