Elephant Ears

Asked July 11, 2016, 2:43 AM EDT

I have 2 Elephant Ear tubers/corms that did not get planted in the spring. Can they still be put in the ground?

Bullitt County Kentucky

1 Response

Check to see if the tubers are still firm and turgid. If they are soft, or are hard and shriveled they may not have survived.

Healthy tubers could still be planted but the growing season will now be less than 3 months. Growth may be slow and they not put out much greenery this year.

Elephant ears are tender bulbs so will not survive a Kentucky winter and should be dug up before frost in the fall, to be replanted next spring around the second week in May.

Feel free to contact our office if you have other questions.

Let me know if I can help you further!

Carol Wilder
Horticulture Technician
Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service
810 Barret Ave
Louisville KY 40204