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Colocasia esculenta - Elephants ear. - Medium plant

Colocasia esculenta - Elephants ear. - Medium plant

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Colocasia esculenta, (5Lt bag) commonly known as Elephant's Ear or Taro, is a stunning aquatic plant that can thrive in a pond environment, adding a tropical flair to your water feature. Here's a care sheet to help you cultivate Colocasia esculenta in your pond:


  • Colocasia esculenta thrives in full to partial sunlight. When growing it in a pond environment, ensure it receives at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day for optimal growth and foliage coloration.
  • Plant it in water depths where the base of the stems is submerged but the foliage extends above the water surface. This allows the plant to thrive while creating a visually appealing display in your pond.

Water Quality:

  • Maintain good water quality by regularly testing and monitoring parameters such as pH, ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates.
  • Ensure adequate water circulation to prevent stagnation, which can lead to oxygen depletion and promote the growth of algae and other unwanted organisms.
  • Consider incorporating aquatic plants and natural filtration methods to help maintain water quality and provide habitat for beneficial organisms.


  • Plant Colocasia esculenta in a mixture of aquatic planting media and clay soil to provide nutrients and stability for the roots.
  • Ensure the soil remains consistently moist but well-drained to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.


  • Fertilize Colocasia esculenta periodically during the growing season (spring through summer) to promote healthy growth and foliage development.
  • Use a balanced aquatic fertilizer or a slow-release fertilizer specifically formulated for aquatic plants, following the manufacturer's instructions.


  • Remove any dead or decaying foliage regularly to maintain the plant's health and appearance.
  • Monitor the growth of Colocasia esculenta to prevent overcrowding and competition for nutrients. Thin out the plants as needed to maintain adequate spacing.
  • Prune the plant to control its size and shape, removing any yellowing or damaged leaves to encourage new growth.

Winter Care:

  • In regions with cold winters, Colocasia esculenta may require protection from freezing temperatures.
  • Consider moving potted plants to a sheltered location or providing frost protection such as floating pond heaters or insulating covers to prevent damage from frost.

Pest and Disease Control:

  • Monitor the plant for signs of pests such as aphids, mealybugs, or scale insects. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • Keep an eye out for fungal diseases such as leaf spot or root rot, particularly in humid conditions. Provide good air circulation and avoid overwatering to minimize the risk of disease.

By following these care guidelines, you can cultivate Colocasia esculenta successfully in your pond environment, creating a lush and tropical oasis in your backyard.

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