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How to Grow Elephant Ear Plants Indoors

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Some gardeners call these beautiful green plants elephant’s ear and others call them caladium. Whatever the name, these beautiful plants provide lush green foliage that will add beauty to any indoor location. With minimal care, a gardener can coax along these plants and feel proud of the lovely houseplant they create. Choose an elephant’s ear with simple green and white foliage or opt for a variety with showy pink lines through the leaves.

Fill the container approximately three-quarters full with potting soil. Place three tubers horizontally into the container, spacing them evenly in the container. Add about 1 inch of potting soil over the tubers and pat it down gently. Water the newly planted tubers generously.

Fill the tray with pebbles and add water around the pebbles so they are submerged. Place the pebble tray under the planting container. This will provide important humidity for the plant.

Place the container in a location that receives indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight. The ideal temperature for an elephant’s ear plant is between 65 and 75 degrees.

Water the soil enough so that it stays evenly moist without drying out completely between waterings.

Fertilize the elephant’s ear one time per month by mixing the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations for the container size.

Clip off any flowers as they appear because blooms will drain the elephant ear plant of energy.

Watch the elephant ear plant as the summer season ends. When you notice the foliage begin to wilt and appear spent, stop watering and feeding the plant. This will signal the plant that it is time to enter the dormancy period.

Cut back all of the foliage to the soil level and leave the tubers under the potting soil in the container. Place the container in a location with a constant temperature of 50 degrees.

Watch the plant as winter ends. When you notice new growth appear, place the elephant’s ear back in its normal location and begin to water and fertilize it again as you did in steps four and five.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Elephant's ear tubers
  • Container (10-inch diameter)
  • Potting soil
  • Tray
  • Small pebbles
  • Fertilizer (10-10-10)
  • Pruning shears

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About the Author

 

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.