Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Elephant Ear

Planting Our Elephant Ear Bulb (2 of 4).jpg
April 2011

Above you see the elephant ear seed (or is it a bulb?) as we planted it in April. Below, you see the plant in July. It is huge and beautiful. If you water it properly, the water is exuded at the end of the leaves and leaves puddles on the floor. I'm glad it is on a tile floor. That way, I don't care how much it piddles away.

The pot we planted the seed in had earthworms in it because it had been outside for a year. It was a strange time: I had to feed the earthworms when I watered the plant. I used coffee grounds and bread crumbs. The worms remained with the plant until recently, when I negligently let the pot go bone dry. John said he found the worms on the kitchen floor. This is what happens when school starts: I neglect many household duties.

Our Elephant Ear plant (Alocasia macrorrhizos)-1.jpg
July 2011

If you have the room, I recommend that you try growing an elephant ear. It's a fascinating experience.

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