starting a giant elephant ear bulb in indoors

greenpassion(z4-z5 VT)April 9, 2010

I bought 2 large taro? bulbs (escalenta gigiantia?) and have them in large peat pots with good potting soil, under semi warm lights. Will I have to wait until it's warm enough out on my deck (with the sun on them) for them to emerge? It's been over 3 wks. ??

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scully931(6)

Mine always take quite awhile to pop up. They really prefer it warm, so I wouldn't worry too much. They'll come up when they're good and ready. :-)

    Bookmark   April 11, 2010 at 1:06AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

One method I've heard of is to soak the bulbs in quite warm water for several hours. This serves to break the dormancy of the bulb. Then pot up, but keep on the dry side until growth begins.

I placed several of my uppie bulbs in a large plastic storage container with the lid ajar, then placed that in the sun. The inside got very warm and seemed to give the bulbs the heat they needed to break dormancy. I potted them up and they are sending out roots.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 9:35AM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

I start my elephant ear bulbs in water (not a lot of water, about a 1/2 inch) and they come up in about 2 weeks (thats regular elephant ears though. One time they started to get mold so I had to get rid of the water, let it dry, and pot it up, and it grew fine despite the problem.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 5:52PM
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