Can elephant ear plants grow trunks?

mcgyvr2009i(Schenectady, NY 5b)October 19, 2012
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mcgyvr2009i(Schenectady, NY 5b)

I can't post any images unfortunately because they decided to block that out of fear that I'm spamming them. That's why it's all links instead of images.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 8:30AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Your pic:

your link

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 9:05AM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

I suppose it depends on your definition of a trunk. Here's one:

"The main woody stem of a tree as distinct from its branches and roots."

The above photo shows a plant with a very distinct "something" and I suppose you could call it a trunk if you want to. I probably would, but I don't know if that's technically correct.


    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 10:27AM
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My EEs planted in the ground and routinely frosting back the foliage every year. Each year it adds what looks a new bulb on top of last years, looking very much like yours. I can break off a section and plant it, after all danger of frost and the soil is warm enough that it does not rot. It will root the same as if it was nice round purchased bulb. Al

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 11:53AM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

I just have to let you know that the title of your post made me chuckle (take "plants" out).

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 12:45PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

mytime, I thought the same thing, lol! I thought it might have been a "trick" post or a funny thread! It's very reasonable to suppose that elephants ears would have trunks, no? lol!


P.S. Wow, can't believe that that big plant is doing well living in that sized pot!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 2:12PM
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cecily(7 VA)

That looks similar to the trunk of a banana tree.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 12:10PM
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I had a huge elephant's ear plant in a pot in my shade garden this summer. I cut off the leaves and took it out before frost, expecting it to have a tuber. (It was purchased from a garden center.) Lo and behold, just little roots! I'd like to save it for next summer, so I plopped it in a smaller pot and put it in my basement in hopes it will stay alive in a semi-dormant state. It will have a little light from a small window and I plan to water it a little every couple weeks. Does this sound like a plan for success?

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 4:48PM
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vtandrea unless your basement freezes it should be OK. Your EE sounds normal to me. Al

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 12:13PM
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