Which Way Do You Plant An Elephant Ear Bulb
If you love the look of elephant ears in your garden, or in a large pot on your front porch, now’s the time to plant them as they like to be planted before the ground freezes! Planting an elephant ear bulb is simple: just place it on its side and cover it. (If you live somewhere that stays warm year-round or if you’re planting indoors, now’s also a great time to plant!) As for which way do you plant an elephant ear bulb, though? The top of the bulb is where new plants will emerge from. No need to worry about anything else—just place that top side down, and your baby elephant ear plants will grow up into big ones by next summer!
Planting an elephant ear bulb is pretty simple.
Planting an elephant ear bulb is pretty simple. Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to growing your own plant.
- Get some soil that drains well, but isn’t too sandy. If you’re going to grow them in pots or containers, use a good quality potting mix that’s been amended with peat moss and other organic materials. Elephant ears are heavy feeders and need nutrients from the soil that couldn’t be provided by just sand alone
- Plant your bulbs at least six inches apart (if possible) in full sun locations with well-drained soil
- If planting multiple bulbs in one area, space those plants at least three feet apart
Fill the bottom of your planting pot with potting soil.
To plant your elephant ear bulb, you’ll need a planting pot that’s about as deep as the bulb. Elephant ears can get pretty big, so make sure to choose a pot that will be large enough for them to grow.
You’ll also want to fill your pot with soil that drains well and has good air circulation. Elephant ears require very moist soil in order to thrive, but they don’t do well when the roots are sitting in water. A well-draining mixture of peat moss and perlite or vermiculite will help keep the roots from rotting while still allowing them access to plenty of liquid moisture (and oxygen). When buying these materials at home improvement stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot, look for bags labeled “well-draining.”
Once you’ve got an appropriate container and soil mixture ready, it’s time to put those two together! Make sure there aren’t any major clumps of dirt blocking drainage holes in your container before filling it up with its new contents
Place your elephant ear bulb on its side in the middle of the pot, so that the top of the bulb is just barely showing above the surface of the dirt.
Once you’ve got your pot filled with soil, place one of your elephant ear bulbs on its side in the middle of the pot, so that the top of the bulb is just barely showing above the surface of the dirt. You want to make sure that it’s sitting up straight and not leaning to either side—if this happens it might cause rot when you water or fertilize.
Cover the bulb with 2 inches of soil.
Now that you’ve dug a hole, it’s time to plant the bulb. To do this, gently remove the bulb from its packaging and place it in the center of your hole. Fill in around the base of the bulb with topsoil until it is level with ground level. Then pat down and tamp down gently with your hands until everything is nice and firm around where you have placed your elephant ear bulb. You want to be careful not to bury this too deeply or cover it up too much; if you do either one of these things, then you could damage or kill your elephant ear bulbs before they even get started growing!
Water your new plant until it looks well saturated.
Water your new plant until water runs out the bottom of the pot. (If you’re planting in soil, water until it runs out the bottom of the hole.)
Do not water your elephant ear’s leaves or any part of its stem. Watering in this manner will cause rot and eventually kill your plant!
It’s important to avoid watering too much if possible, as it can lead to root rot and other issues down the line. Soil should never be allowed to dry out completely before being watered again—but also shouldn’t be soaked all at once every time you water, either!
Finally: no need to worry about over-watering when caring for an elephant ear bulb indoors; these bulbs have evolved over time so that they don’t require much extra moisture after being planted (as long as conditions are right).
The top of an elephant ear bulb is where new plants will emerge from
When you’re planting an elephant ear bulb, the top of the bulb is where new plants will emerge. If you plant your bulb upside down, it will send up new growth from the bottom of the bulb. This can be confusing because in nature, elephants walk on their feet and not their ears (unless they’re trained).
So if you want to grow a plant from a mature elephant ear bulb in its natural position—growing up instead of out—you should plant it right side up. And if you want to grow something other than an elephant ear? You may need to turn over that bulb!
So, there you have it! Now that you know how to plant an elephant ear bulb, you can start your own little jungle of the beautiful plants in no time. And remember: while they’re not a great choice for those who don’t want to put in any effort when it comes to gardening (their large leaves need lots of water and nutrients), they’re a great choice for anyone else who wants to add some life and color to their garden or home.