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Elephant ear - first 'ear' size

14 years ago

This is the first time I've grown elephant ear. I got some at home depot back in March so I figured I'd give them a shot. The tubers, if I remember correctly, were about the size of a tennis ball perhaps? The packaging said extra large and that they could reach 60" in height... but after I planted them I saw much larger tubers at other stores and wondered.

This is the first one starting to open up. Does the first leaf say anything about how large the mature plant might be? Should I assume that the first leaf is usually small? This thing better get bigger considering the pot it is in!

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