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Black Magic Elephant Ears (Colocasia) Bulbs, Deep Purple Colored Foliage (1-Pack)

$19.23
  • Exotic tropical plant needs no special care
  • Elephant ears are grown primarily for their lush foliage
  • A great tropical addition to shady areas
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About This Product

A spectacular South Sea Island beauty, Colocasia esculenta Black Magic has rich, deep purple leaves supported on strong stems of the same color. A care-free plant, Black Magic makes an excellent tall screen or corner planting. It can also be used as a showy tub plant. Enjoy the unique color of Black Magic all Summer long in your shaded garden or patio containers.

Highlights

  • Space plants approximately 36 in. to 60 in. apart for best results
  • Tolerates a wide range of soils, but is a heavy feeder that prefers deep, moisture-retentive soil
  • Leaves form from June to first frost
  • Reaches standard mature height of 36 in. to 60 in.
  • Includes 1 bareroot per order
  • Botanical name: Colocasia esculenta black magic
  • Grows and flowers best in full shade, partial shade
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Model # 64083

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Specifications

Dimensions

Mature Height (in.)

60 in.

Mature Width (in.)

60 in.

Details

Additional Characteristics

None Listed

Annual / Perennial

Annual

Average Shipping Height (in.)

1 in

Best Time to Plant

Spring to Summer

Bloom Season

No Blossoms

Blossom Color Family

No Blossoms

Botanical Name

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'

Common Name Family

Elephant Ear

Container Type

Bare Root

Fragrance

Non-Fragrant

Growth Habit

Clumping

Hardiness Zone

10 (30 to 40 F),3 (-40 to -30 F),4 (-30 to -20 F),5 (-20 to -10 F),6 (-10 to 0 F),7 (0 to 10 F),8 (10 to 20 F),9 (20 to 30 F)

Number of plants included (Pack-Size)

1

Pack Size

1

Recommended Space Between Plantings (in.)

60

Returnable

90-Day

Sun Tolerance

Full Shade

Water Requirements

When soil is dry

Wildlife Attracted

No Wildlife Attracted

Wildlife Deterred

No Wildlife Deterred

Questions & Answers

3Questions
caret
Q:Can you plant these in a pond I am fixing to redo my pond and it looks like it was planted in water if so could you please tell me how I will go about doing that Thankyou
by|May 23, 2023
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A:  Thank you for your recent correspondence concerning if Elephant Ears may be grown in water. Elephant Ears (or taro), named for their large size and shape, grow from tubers which produce corms. It is the corm that grows into an above-ground stem when the plant is brought out of dormancy. The widely available Colocasia esculenta, is a wetland perennial in tropical climates. Although this species is the old standard for gardens, there are many new cultivars of Colocasia on the market now, offering variations in leaf coloration and texture. All Colocasias take the same basic growing conditions. Although Colocasia will grow in part shade in southern states, in the North it can tolerate full sun and it thrives in humid weather. Ample soil moisture is a must, especially if it is grown in full sun. Self watering pots with a reservoir reduce your watering duties if you choose to grow them in pots. Potted Colocasias can also be grown standing the shallow water of a water garden (up to the pot edge). Colocasias should be grown in large heavy pots which will allow room for tubers to produce next year's corms, and will limit the incidence of blowing over in high winds. Since Colocasias are such heavy feeders they should be fed weekly with a liquid fertilizer according to package instructions. If your elephant ears don't produce rapid lush growth, they need more heat, more water, or more nitrogen. If you want to get a jump on the growing season, you can start elephant ears indoors up to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Depending on how they were stored it sometimes takes them a while to come out of dormancy. If growing them in pots use a rich organic potting soil. Plant the corms blunt end down, 2 inches below the soil surface. When frost threatens, bring elephant ears indoors if you want to winter them as house plants. For best results provide a southern exposure and don't let the soil dry out. As long as the plant continues to produce new leaves, apply a diluted liquid fertilizer (half strength). Your main difficulty with indoor culture will be supplying Colocasia with enough humidity. In the spring be sure to harden it off (over a week gradually expose it to direct sun and wind) before putting it on the patio or planting it in the ground after your last frost. Or, your may Dig your roots/bulbs after the first frost, shake off the dirt and dry in the shade for a day. Then store indoors in barely moist peat moss. Replant in spring. When dividing Colocasia tubers, each piece must have a corm in order to produce a shoot. Let the cut up tubers dry a few days before planting them. Unfortunately, we do not sell any pond plants at this time, and therefore do not have any information on them. However, if you would do a "Google" search, and type in "plants for a pond", you will receive a lot of information.

by|Jun 6, 2024
    1 found this answer helpful
    caret
    Q:We can Abel to eat this leaves.
    by|Apr 21, 2022
    3 Answers
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    A:  Do plenty of research. Calcium Oxalate crystals can really mess your organs up. Even the sap from these plants can be irritating to the skin bc of this. I've not had issues with the sap ever, but I'm not sure I'd chance injesting this plant.

    by|Jun 6, 2024

      A:  Received two bulbs and did not come up.

      by|Jul 21, 2022

      A:  Yes, the Black Magic Elephant Ears (Colocasia) leaves are edible, but they (and all parts of the plant) contain needle-like crystals of calcium oxalate which are a skin irritant, so they must be cooked first.

      by|Jun 6, 2024
        1 found this answer helpful
        caret
        Q:How tall are these plants upon arrival (not including pot height)?
        by|Apr 22, 2020
        1 Answer
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        A:  Hello, These are shipped as dormant bulbs that you would plant into a pot or container.

        by|Apr 26, 2020
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          Customer Reviews

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          Was skeptical after reading reviews!
          I went ahead and ordered these despite the reviews not being so hot. I'm SO GLAD I DID!!! They're coming in beautifully! If you're reading this, GET THEM! Just know they don't start out black. They turn with sunlight! Took a few weeks to sprout, but ALL bulbs ordered are growing happily and turning dark! Buy. Them!
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            Black Magic never grew
            Tubor seemed to arrive in good condition, but after following the planting instructions it never sprouted/grew, or took root. Appears to be dead!
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            Response from Gardens Alive FarmJul 1, 2022
            Thank you for sharing your review. We were sorry to hear the Black Magic Elephant Ears Colocasia Bulbs have failed to thrive. You may reach out directly to The Home Depot's Customer Care Team for assistance with your order. Follow the links provided under "Customer Service" at homedepot.com for instruction on how to reach a Customer Care Specialist.
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            It has not come up. I planted it as soon as I got it
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            Response from Gardens Alive FarmMay 28, 2024
            Thank you for sharing your review of the Black Magic Elephant Ears. We are sorry to hear that you haven't yet seen growth from this item. Bulbs may take up to 6 weeks from being planted to begin showing obvious growth. This item is returnable for 90 days. Please contact the Home Depot Customer Care department if you need assistance, using the contact information found under “Customer Service” at homedepot.com.
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            The bulb arrived in a timely manner. It is now in a poy of dirt waiting for some heat to bring it to the surface, I hope.
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            invisible
            Planted the single bulb 2 months ago.. nothing is growing.. i need a refund.
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            Response from Gardens Alive FarmMay 22, 2023
            Thank you for sharing your review with us. We were sorry to hear the Black Magic Elephant Ear's (Colocasia) Bulbs failed to grow. You may reach out directly to The Home Depot's Customer Care Team for assistance with your order. Follow the links provided under "Customer Service" at homedepot.com for instruction on how to reach a customer care specialist.
              Been in the ground for weeks ...
              Been in the ground for weeks nothing has come up. Bulbs looked very dried up.
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              Response from Gardens Alive FarmMay 18, 2023
              Thank you for sharing your review with us. We were sorry to hear the Black Magic Elephant Ears (Colocasia) Bulbs arrived "very dried up" and has failed to thrive. You may reach out directly to The Home Depot's Customer Care Team for assistance with your order. Follow the links provided under "Customer Service" at ;homedepot.com for instruction on how to reach a Customer Care Specialist.
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              The two bulbs did not come up!...
              The two bulbs did not come up!
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              Response from Gardens Alive FarmJul 22, 2022
              Thank you for sharing your review with us. We were sorry to hear the Black Magic Elephant Ears failed to grow. You may reach out directly to The Home Depot's Customer Care Team for assistance with your order. Follow the links provided under "Customer Service" at homedepot.com for instruction on how to reach a customer care specialist.
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              From description I was expecting the huge bulb and instead...
              From description I was expecting the huge bulb and instead got a little bulb that shows no signs of coming up yet. Disappointed.
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              Response from Gardens Alive FarmJun 23, 2022
              Thank you for reviewing the Black Magic Elephant Ears. We are sorry to learn of the disappointment with the size and lack of performance of the plant. You may reach out directly to The Home Depot's Customer Care Team for assistance with your order. Follow the links provided under "Customer Service" at homedepot.com for instruction on how to reach a Customer Care Specialist
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              Colocasia never germinated!...
              Colocasia never germinated!
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              Response from Gardens Alive FarmJun 23, 2022
              Thank you for your review. We were sorry to hear the Black Magic Elephant Ears failed to emerge. You may reach out directly to The Home Depot's Customer Care Team for assistance with your order. Follow the links provided under "Customer Service" at homedepot.com for instruction on how to reach a Customer Care Specialist
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              Only one of the three came up...
              Only one of the three came up
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              Response from Gardens Alive FarmJun 9, 2022
              Thank you for sharing your review with us. We were sorry to hear only one of the three Magic Elephant Ear bulbs grew. You may reach out directly to The Home Depot's Customer Care Team for assistance with your order. Follow the links provided under "Customer Service" at homedepot.com for instruction on how to reach a Customer Care Specialist.
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