Elephant Ear Leaves Looking Burned, Curling, And Dying?

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I have two different elephant ears ones in a pot by itself & that one is outside on my balcony which is covered.
The other Elephant Ear:
I have in a pot with a philodendron plant & that one I have inside where it stays at least 70 (degrees) & doesn't get much light although it gets a little bit of light.

When I had them outside the plant that I have by itself outside on the balcony a new ear would come out but within 2-3 days it would start to die (it looks almost as if its burning) until the ear is completely dead & falls off. The one that has the philodendron with it wouldn't even bloom an ear it would just die (burn) I say burn because it looks almost as if you burned a piece of paper and then put it out after a few seconds that singing look on the edge that's what the ear looks like before it rolls in and dies.

I live in NY (since I am originally from Florida) & I've always wanted a big elephant ear and I would bring it in the winter time where it would be at least 80 (degrees) then put it back out next year. There in the correct size pots & I make sure that there not wet when I water them & when I do water them I don't drown them.

What do I do? I'm DESPERATE.


Thank you,

Dustin


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Answer #2 · Gardenality.com's Answer · It's almost impossible to overwater elephant ears. I have them growing submerged in my garden pond and in boggy areas of my landscape and they do fine. This makes me think that your plants aren't getting enough water or, as Brooks said, that they are root bound in the pots.)


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Dustin Darche

Dustin Darche · Gardenality Seed · Zone 11 · Above 40° F
Thank you. They havent been in the pots that there in anymore than 3 months. They def. haven't outgrown there pots. I used to water them every other day. I'm going to try & not water them as often and see what happens. Do they have to be in the sun all the time or the shade all the time or do they do well in part sun part shade. My balcony is shaded til about 2-3pm so the balcony & plants get the afternoon sun. Can that be a reason??? I ordered these plants online.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Do you know what variety of elephant ear they are? Reason I ask is that some like full sun and others, such as Colocasia 'Illustris', like some shade. Most like as much water as you can give them but a few, like Colocasia gigantea like well-drained soil.

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Dustin Darche

Dustin Darche · Gardenality Seed · Zone 11 · Above 40° F
One is a Mojito and the other is a Diamond Head Colocasia

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Okay, that definitely helps. I've had Diamond Head growing in my landscape for 3 years and just planted a Mojito this past spring. That being said, I have yet to grow them in containers long term. I do know that these two varieties of elephant ear can take all the water I want to give them here in the mid-Georgia heat...and this is growing in the ground, which dries out less quickly than does soil in containers. If I don't water them every day during dry spells the foliage wilts. The Diamond Head I have planted in a large flowerbed in front of my house. You can see them here:

http://www.gardenality.com/Gardens/129/Brent-Wilson/Front-Flower-Bed-2010/default.html

These Diamond Heads get morning sun with afternoon shade and have done almost too good!

The Mojito was planted behind my garden pond and gets quite a bit of filtered shade in the afternoon and water from an automated irrigation system twice a day. So far so good with this plant as well.

I also have a Diamond Head planted and growing in full sun by a wellhouse on my property. It is doing equally as well. The Mojito is supposed to tolerate full sun as well. So, I don't think it's too much sun causing the problems with the leaves on your elephant ears. I would still think it has to do with soil moisture...or maybe some kind of soil born disease attacking the roots?

What type of soil did you use to fill the pots? Have you checked the soil in the pots regularly to see if it is dry or moist? Growing in pots, I would check them daily and provide water if soil is dry or even somewhat dry, especially if they are in smaller pots and with a good amount of direct sunlight.

What size pots are they growing in? These are fairly large growing elephant ears that would require quite large pots...I would say at least 18 inches or so in diameter or larger up to 36 inches. The larger the pot the more soil. The more soil the more water can be held. The more water is held the bigger and better the elephant ear plant and the less attention to watering.

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Answer #1 · Gardenality.com's Answer · Hi Dustin,

How long have the Elephant Ears been in these pots? If it has been for years they may have become root bound. If not then the problem is probably water related...too much or too little. If the roots out grow the pot, to a point where almost all of the soil has been pushed out, the plants will suffer. Roots need a generous amount of soil to retain water and nutrients. With out enough soil yellowing and thinning of the foliage will occur. Thinning would involve a few leaves or branches dying off at a time. Plants will lose foliage to compensate for lack of soil, nutrients, and water.

I know that Elephant Ears don't perform as well in pots as they do in the ground. I understand your situation that Elephant Ears won't survive the winter there if left in the ground. Growing them in pots is your only choice.

What variety of Elephant Ear do your have? Some prefer more sun than others, and some will burn if getting too much sun. If you don't know the cultivar (variety) of the plants can you send over a picture? I should be able to identify them.

Hope this helps you.

Brooks Wilson))



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