How to Care for Indoor Elephant Ear Plants

Shirley Bovshow is giving you professional tips on how to care for elephant ear plants.


• Environment: A large space and large container for your Elephant Ear plant are ideal.

• Sunlight: Put near bright sun (south or west window), but not in direct sunlight. This can burn the leaves.

• Ideal temperatures: 60-80 degrees

• Humidity is important: Place plant on a saucer with pebbles and water to create a humid ambiance. (Or you can use a mister)

• Watering: Soil should be maintained evenly moist but not saturated. Water when the soil starts to feel a little dry.

• If your Elephant Ear plant gets too much water, it will let you know by “weeping” or dripping water from the tip of the leaf.


• Fill large container 3/4 of the way with rich, well-draining potting soil.

• Place the bulb root side down and cover with soil and water.

• The top of the bulb should be at least 1” below the soil.

• Place in a sunny spot indoors and follow the care instructions above.


• Fertilize your elephant ears plant with a general indoor plant fertilizer at half strength 1 x per month.

• Full strength is too strong a dose for a houseplant and may cause rampant growth before it's ready for it.

• Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth 1 x per week to keep the "plant pores" or "stomata" open.

• Dusty, clogged leaves can lead to a weak plant that will be more susceptible to illness and pests!

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