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Elephant Ear Plant

Araceae Caladium

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Araceae Family
Monstera deliciosa Dumb Cane Peace Lily Dragon Arum Copo de Leite Anthurium Duckweed Anthurium Split Leaf Philodenron Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Caladium Genus
Elephant Ear Plant Elephant Ear, Angel Wings, Heart of Jesus
Other Names for this Plant

Angel Wings , Heart of Jesus , Elephant Ear , Caladium


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Comment: Elephant Ear Plant, Caladium

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JR

AZ

Could be a Mask Plant
March 31, 2010
21:45:44
Chris2002
Chris2002

Elephant Ear plants are a big, leafy member of the Caladium family. We're talkin' big leaves, as big as an elephant's ear. And, the colorful leaves have a shape resembling an elephant's ear, too.
Homeowners are fascinated by this big-leaved plant that grows three to five feet tall. Originating in tropical and sub-tropical areas, they love sunshine, heat, and high humidity. They are easy to grow and will grow in sun or shade.
Note: this plant can be poisonous to children and pets.
How to Care for an Elephant Ear Plant
Elephant Ear plants, also referred to as Arrowhead plants, are tropic plants which are easily recognized by their huge elephant ear shaped leaves. Though they look like a handful, Elephant Ears are very easy to care for, but difficult to relocate.

Difficulty: Moderate

Instructions

Things You'll Need:
* Pruning sheers

* Garden/Top Soil

Step 1
Examine the Elephant Ear plant. Depending on your ultimate plans for your garden, the Elephant Ear plant could be pruned in vitually any season. Pruning should be done on an as needed basis, instead of as a seasonal ritual.

Step 2
Elephant Ears can make great accents to your garden so long as they are planted properly. Elephant Ears, in moderate climates, grow very easily and, in some cases, grow very quickly. If you choose to plant Elephant Ears as an accent plant to other trees or shrubs, it would be best to plant the Elephant Ears in a confined area. This basically, prevents the Elephant Ear plant from growing too large for the area. Planting it semi-flush against the wall of your home is a good way to keep the Elephant Ear plant from exceeding two feet in height.

Step 3
If you are going for a rainforest kind of look, Elephant Ears are great to plant in open areas. This will allow the Elephant Ear to spread out and root itself deep within the soil, in every direction. Open Elephant Ear plants can grow in excess of six feet tall, and the leaves can grow to be over one and a half feet wide at the base.
Step 4
Pruning Elephant Ears is very easy. New leaves grow, literally, out of the existing leaves. After a new leaf is formed from within an existing leaf, the existing leaf begins to deteriorate. Use the pruning sheers to remove any dead leaves from the plant. This is also an effective method of keeping the growth/height of the leaves under control.

Step 5
Removing of relocating the plant could be quite taxing. The roots of the plant are deeply embedded into the soil, especially in larger plants. This could create a re-growth issue if any root fragments are accidently left over within the soil. Just one root fragment could spawn the growth of a brand new Elephant Ear Plant. When removing an Elephant Ear plant, be sure to grind up the soil where the plant was located and remove any left over roots.

March 31, 2010
20:24:07
Chris2002
Chris2002

Elephant Ear
March 31, 2010
20:20:05

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