Mammoth Birth

Spring arrives in my northern greenhouse in late January as long as we have at least 4 hours of sunshine in a day.  This is when my bulbs that I’ve brought in for the winter usually start to show some green.  One of my favorite containers that I wintered over this year was my mammoth elephant ear plant.  As the plant began to emerge this spring I noticed there were a few new shoots popping up.  This is when I decided to take a look at the bulb in the container only to find the mammoth had given birth!

I had received this bulb last spring from a friend of mine who knows  I’m a huge fan of foliage.   This bulb other wise known at the Colocasia esculenta, is a quick growing , dramatci, tropical that I prefer to grow in containers but can go directly in the ground in most garden zones.      As you can tell in the image above taken in early summer when the rest of my porch containers are just starting to take  root in their new containers  this plant is already putting on a show!

What are your favorite bulbs to divide and enjoy each spring / summer season?

Article by Bren

I'm Bren, a everyday gardener who loves to connect with others. I've been growing in my 10'x12' home greenhouse in Ohio since 2008. I decided to create to help others who enjoy growing year-round just like me!
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