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  • Eventual height: 1.25m
  • Eventual spread: 1m

Colocasia esculenta 'Hawaiian Punch'

red-stemmed elephant ears

1 bulb £19.99

This bulb dies back after flowering each year and enters a period of rest ahead of regrowth the following season.

  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: moist to boggy, slightly acidic soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: frost tender (will need winter protection)
  • Bulb size: 5/7

    'Hawaiian Punch' really does pack a punch! There’s nothing lightweight about this horticultural contender - vibrant, chunky, glossy red stems support huge, green heart-shaped ‘elephant ears’. Plant this exotic-looking leafy number either in containers or perhaps on top of a retaining wall where its drama can be admired from below. Use some solar powered spot-lights to uplight these mesmerising beauties to show them off to best effect!

  • Garden care: Elephant's ears can be planted outside after frost, or started off in pots under glass in late winter to early spring. Plant the bulbs so that their growing tip is just above the soil surface (if there are no noticeable shoots or roots, the end with the concentric rings goes uppermost, while the end with the holes will produce the roots). Water sparingly initially and keep the compost warm. Provide adequate moisture during the growing season and lift the bulbs in autumn before the frosts (or if grown in pots, move them under warm glass) and keep the tubers dry and frost free throughout winter.
  • Humans/Pets: Harmful if eaten; skin/eye irritant