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Old 05-10-2015, 09:55 AM
 
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I've planted them in spring and they grew just fine. I think the employee was confused with other bulbs like daffodils that have to be planted in the Fall to bloom in the Spring.

Certain bulbs like elephant ears or hosta can be planted in the spring.
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:23 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I just went to another nursery and picked up a plant that was in full bloom. It was only about $10 more than the bulb. As I was putting it in my planter I was spreading out the roots but did not notice any bulb. Is this possible? Maybe I just didn't dig through far enough?
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Are you sure you didn't get a peace lily. I've never had EE bloom. they are usually grown for the foliage. Read this.
\Elephant Ear – Blooms | Walter Reeves: The Georgia Gardener

don't think you would miss the EE bulb. They are pretty big.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I dig my Elephant Ear bulbs up in late October and store them in a bag in the basement. I planted them indoors a few weeks ago to get them going and will plant them in the ground this weekend since they're getting leaves now. Kind of a bother, but I love the way they look.
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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I've never seen them blooming and they never die back around here so I don't know what the folks at the garden center were talking about, but we do more with taro than with elephant ears.

Elephant Ears are very similar to taro, you could plant a taro instead and then have something to eat after all that work of growing it. There's lots of different varieties of taro to choose from: Taro Varieties in Hawaii If you don't want to make it into poi, there's always the option of making taro chips. They are like potato chips but made from taro. Lots of folks like the Bun-Long variety for that since it has the nice purple flecks in the root.
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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the key to over wintering bulbs is make sure they are BONE DRY. I dug up literally thousands of daffodil and lesser bulbs to move from my Georgia garden to my NC garden. I kept them in saw dust in paper bags in the basement till we could move. I didn't lose a single one.

BTW all bulbs are half price at Home Depot in my area/ I got dahlia, EE, Liatris, lots of caladium, assorted glads. I'll just put the EE in pots with soil, sink them in the garden and lift them once winter gets here, dry them off and store in the garage in saw dust.
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:12 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I always have to lift and store elephant ears.
They have a huge bulb.
They never bloom.

OP, are you sure you have elephant ear?
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Old 05-13-2015, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Just put my "ears" in on Saturday here in Delaware and when I was in NY I never put them in til Mothers day.
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