Hilo Bay Colocasia Elephant Ear, Hilo Bay has large glossy olive-green slightly ovate leaves that are ruffled or corrugated in texture and have an undulating margin and dark purple petioles (stems). It produces multiple secondary shoots that are attached to the mother plant. The Royal Hawaiian Colocasia series has a tidy clumping habit that is perfect for large containers landscaped beds and pond-side plantings. Cultivated for over 600 years Taro or Elephant Ears are primarily a wetlands plant and prefer moist sunny locations. Prized through the years for the plants variation in leafs sizes and colors. Easy to grow simply water excessively. These are very healthy tropical plants with well established root systems.
The growth rate and leaf color of Hilo Bay will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. Leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
COLOCASIA ELEPHANT EAR CARE
Hilo Bay are very easy to grow wet area plants that require little care. They add a wonderful accent to any wet outdoor space, water garden or pond edge. In very cold zones a containerized Colocasia can be brought inside for the winter months. Most will survive a frost and quickly return to normal in spring.
When you receive your new Colocasia, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location. You can then add some mulch to the bucket to keep your plant standing upright. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new Elephant Ear.
Colocasia grow very well in patio containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 10″ to a 20″ diameter, 10″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your plant will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for a larger pot.
Hilo Bay Colocasias enjoy a moist, rich organic soil. Remember try to stay away from dry, sandy soils. These ears enjoy any wet outdoor space, water garden or pond edge locations.
To help establish your new Hilo Bay Colocasia, fertilize sparingly at least 6 inches away from the base, tri-annually with a slow time release 15-5-10. If planted near a pond it is best not to fertilize. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the plant.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 7b-11, find your zone here. This Colocasia requires 80-90% sunlight. Depending on your location filtered sun is best. In the northern end of their grow zone Hilo Bay plants should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in colder zones but must be brought inside before any harsh cold.
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
Here at Kens Nursery these Colocasia plants are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant directly in full sun you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE
All Hilo Bay Colocasia plants for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Plants designated with a sku ending in -4, or -3 will arrive in a standard 4 inch or 2.75 inch growers pot respectively. Kens new, reusable, recyclable deep cells are 5 to 7 inches deep and 1 to 2.5 inches in diameter. Products growing in these cells are easy to transplant and allow for deeper, faster growth and are designated with a -5, or -7 sku. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. You can see the various pot sizes and actual plants ready to ship. (click-here)
Note: Before leaving, Hilo Bay Colocasia Plants are inspected, watered, pruned and topped to 36″ if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new plants’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Then your plant is tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You will be pleased.
You may want to buy Hilo Bay online now while they are in stock.