Elephant ears are mostly water.
So if they freeze, they turn to mush.
I let the frost kill the leaves, then I cut off the droopy parts.
I dig them up and haul them inside my already crowded workshop.
There are too many plants in there to get much work done,
but it’s a great place to go think and breathe.
Black Beauty came inside in its pot.
My Mojitos are in a box.
The Frydeks are in a bucket.
And YES, I did bring in those trouble causing Coffee Cups.
They are reclining in my lawn cart.
Flower has more heart than sense.
I must not end this post without a photo of the cutest ears of all.
If you want to know if a plant is happy,
check out its new leaf.
I have been watching my new elephant ear, ‘Frydek’ for the past eight days.
I wasn’t sure if it would like the its new spot up against the house.
Its first new leaf has expressed approval of the new location.
It came up furled, as usual.
Then a few days later, it started to open
and show its colors.
Then it drooped a bit in the rain.
Now it is standing up big and strong.
The new leaf is twice as big as the leaves that formed when it was in the pot.
Frydek likes its new home.
I wish I could “turn over a new leaf” in just eight days.
I have five different Elephant Ears.
I lost my favorite this winter, but found a replacement at the Tropical Nursery in North Myrtle Beach. https://floweralley.org/2018/07/02/an-oasis-at-the-beach/
I got my first big green one decades ago ‘Caladium Esculentum.’ (name on tag?)
I love how these hold water and tip over when they get full.
Then I added some black ears. These get bigger with more water.
Next came my favorite Colocasia, ‘Mojito.’
Then the Coffee Cups.
I loved these until the caterpillars rained down poop into the cups. https://floweralley.org/2017/08/19/coffee-cups-caterpillar-crapper/
Now I have a new one, ‘Frydek’/ Alocasia micholitzana.
This one looks nothing like the label, so I do not trust this name. The leaf shape is the same, but the coloration is different. This may be due to a difference in the amount of sunlight.
Five different ears with similar shape and different coloration.
I hope you appreciate my cutting my ears off for you.
FLOW van Gogh