How to Split Joined Elephant Ear Bulbs

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When splitting joined elephant ear bulbs, you're always going to want to remember a few key pointers. Split joined elephant ear bulbs with help from a bulb and garden expert in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Hans Langeveld with longfield-gardens.com and we love to help gardeners grow strong gardens. We're here now to show you how to split joined elephant ears to be able to store them over the winter. Right now we're digging up this elephant ear because the first frost has killed the leaves so we cut the leaves off a little bit above the ground and now we have to take it out for the northern climate zones because it will otherwise freeze during the winter. Elephant ear really is a tropical plant that produces beautiful big leaves during the summer. In order to be able to save it and store it for the next year you have to dig it out, split it and store it during the winter so you can plant it again in the spring. Once you have it then you store it inside the house with a temperature between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit and right now the frost has not killed the bulb yet, just the leaves. So it will be perfectly alive. Basically it's splitting already. Here is one bulb, there's another one. And what we're going to do we're going to cut the roots off here. Now we have the bulb all cut up and it's ready to be stored for the winter. Before we're going to put the elephant ear in storage for the winter, we're going to cut the, we're going to cut a little bit more of the leaves off from the top because that's going to dry anyhow and then you have a, then you have basically the bulb left. This is the actual elephant ear bulb, so the stem will dry in a little bit and then you'll have the, basically the bottom portion is the bulb that will be able to be planted in the year again. I've shown you how to dig and split joined elephant ear bulbs, so you can winterize, you can store them over the winter. My name is Hans Langfeld co-owner of longfield-gardens.com and you can visit our website anytime to shop a product and to get more gardening tips and videos to grow strong gardens.

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