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elephant ears- yellowing?

Posted by robynlh 7b AL (My Page) on
Thu, May 12, 05 at 19:20

Last weekend, I dug up some elephant ears (from a neighboor) that were already blooming, divided the huge root/bulb into 5 clumps, then planted them in amended soil and mulched with pine straw. I've watered them about every other day since then, and now the leaves are turning yellow and starting to shrivel and curl up. What did I do wrong? The area gets mostly shade, but some sun during midday.


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RE: elephant ears- yellowing?

  • Posted by BRHGM z8b LA (My Page) on
    Fri, May 13, 05 at 11:15

They generally don't need amended soil. They do like moist soil bordering on wet. Mine grow in partial shade,but not mostly shade in clay soil. You may be over doing it with the fertilizer or causing the soil to be too acidic with the pine straw. The other possibility is that they are in shock. I wouldn't worry. They grow back fairly fast. Just keep them well watered and they will be fine.

RE: elephant ears- yellowing?

I tend to agree with BRHGM - they are probably in shock. I transplanted some into pots recently to trade with a friend and they did the exact same thing. I have found that when that occurs, i cut back the yellow leaves and they resprout new ones...

RE: elephant ears- yellowing?

I've found that elephant ears always do this when you transplant them. You can just cut the stems off a couple inches above the ground, keep them watered and they should come back some this season, but may not see good results til next year. They do best if you transplant them in the fall, I find.

RE: elephant ears- yellowing?

I agree with bayou10. Right now, their leaves are too big for their root systems. Cut them back, and while they won't reach full glory this year, they'll be their regular huge selves next year.

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