How to Care for Elephant Ear Houseplants


Adding personality and a sense of tropical retreat to your home, elephant ears make great houseplants. With their mammoth heart-shaped leaves and thick stalks, these plants are rather easy to care for. With a little time and the right growing conditions, elephant ears thrive and make excellent houseplants. By following a few steps, you will be sure to provide your elephant ear houseplant with the proper care, allowing it to provide you with its best growth.

Step 1

Plant the elephant ear in a large pot, using moisture-retaining potting soil. Elephant ears will start out rather small but quickly grow to be mammoth plants. Ensure the pot has drainage holes and will not pool water. Pooled water increases the chances of fungal growth. You can purchase a large pot and moisture-retaining potting soil at your local garden specialty store.

Step 2

Place the potted elephant ear in an area that receives bright, indirect sun throughout the day. Elephant ear plants will thrive in these conditions, providing optimal growth.

Step 3

Water the elephant ear frequently, ensuring the soil stays moist to the touch but not soaked. Elephant ears are large, thick-leafed plants that require plenty of water to survive.

Step 4

Fertilize the elephant ear once every two weeks using a water-soluble fertilizer, diluted by half, to ensure the plant gets the proper nutrients.

Step 5

Prune away browning or dead leaves from the plant using sharp pruning shears. Dull pruning shears will pinch the leaves, damaging the healthy parts of the plant. Make your cut about 1 inch above where the stalks meet the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Water-soluble fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


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