Elephant Ear Blooming

Asked August 1, 2020, 10:46 AM EDT

One of my Elephant Ears is blooming! From what I've read this is rare. It is now producing bloom three and four. Can you offer any insight? I'd like to know if this is truly rare and what one might expect when it stops blooming. Does the bulb remain viable? Will the seeds drop and I'll have a bunch of new plants? How fun is this?

Jackson County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Blooms are, indeed, uncommon outside of their native tropical environment. Like all bulbous plants, the bulb remains viable after blooms. As this Extension article explains, the fruit growing from the flower will have seeds which you can try to propagate: https://wimastergardener.org/article/elephant-ears-colocasia-alocasia-and-xanthosoma/ Good luck!