|Colocasia esculenta with Caladium 'Kathleen'|
I still grow C. esculenta because nothing can match its size and vigor. It grows equally well in containers or in landscape beds, as long as it's provided enough water through the summer. Colocasia are water lovers by nature, and are more often planted submerged in water gardens. I grow mine in soil, so keeping them watered is even more important.
|Colocasia 'Coffee Cups'|
|Colocasia 'Diamond Head', 'Blue Hawaii' and 'Hilo Bay'|
Now that our temperatures look to be moderating for the next ten days, I'll probably give the Colocasia a shot of fertilizer. I've been meaning to try the fertilizer samples sent to me by Winchester Gardens, specifically formulated for the needs of elephant ears. With the summer we've had, I'm sure they'd appreciate an extra dose of nutrition.