How Long Does It Take Elephant Ear Bulbs to Sprout?

Plant an elephant ear bulb and you’ll probably be left wondering how long it’ll take before shoots appear. We’ve got the answer.

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The question: Once you plant an elephant ear bulb in temps from 60°F to 85°F, how long will it take for the shoots to start coming up? In other words, how long should you wait before you start to worry that it's not growing? Also, which side of the bulb should face up? The side with the circles on it or the side with the spots that look like big roots or shoots were cut off?

Elephant ear bulbs will spend about three weeks growing roots before you'll notice any activity aboveground. The end with the concentric circles is the top. If you're ever in doubt about which end is up, plant a bulb on its side and it'll send the green up and the roots down.

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