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How Long Does it Take Elephant Ear Bulbs to Sprout?

By Pamela Gardapee

Elephant ear plants have leaves that resemble an elephant’s ear. Bulbs can be left in the ground in areas of Florida, but in other areas the bulbs are lifted from the ground. Sprouting times vary depending on how the bulb is overwintered.

Stored Tubers

Tubers removed from the ground in fall and stored will sprout after eight weeks. Packing bulbs in peat moss and storing in a cool place with temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit will promote sprouting.

Container Tubers

Tubers planted in containers indoors after being in storage for at least six weeks will take about four weeks to sprout. The tubers can be transplanted outdoors when the weather warms.

Ground Tubers

Tubers left in the ground in central Florida, where the winters are mild, will continue to grow. In other areas of Florida where tubers can be left in the ground, sprouts are seen in about three to four weeks after the last frost.


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Pamela Gardapee is a writer with more than seven years experience writing Web content. Being functional in finances, home projects and computers has allowed Gardapee to give her readers valuable information. She studied accounting, computers and writing before offering her tax, computer and writing services to others.