Elephant ears are an exotic plant that are so called due to their giant heart-shaped leaves that resemble the ears of an elephant. They mostly thrive in tropical conditions but have become a favorite houseplant to many plant lovers.
There are various species of elephant ears, the most popular being:
Before I continune, I would recommend watching the following video on properly caring for elephant ear plants:
Why elephant ears fall over
There are various reasons as to why elephant ear plants would start dropping or falling over.
1. Oversized leaves straining stalks
Sometimes, the heart-shaped leaves of elephant ears grow so big that their thin stalks can’t handle them. This leads to them drooping and eventually breaking off.
2. Weak stems
The stems of elephant ears are designed to hold the weight of the leaves. If not exposed to direct sunlight, they become weak and cause the plant to fall over.
3. Lack of sufficient nutrients from poor spacing
When planting elephant ears, the space between them should be enough for the plant to have a large nutrient base. If planted too close together, they end up competing for nutrients.
4. Insufficient moisture
Elephant ears thrive best in moist conditions. Failure to constantly water them will lead to the plant drooping and the leaves becoming brown.
5. Attack from pests and diseases
How to keep elephant ears from falling over
The beauty of elephant ears lies in the striking, robust leaves.
When this plants starts drooping or falling over, they become an eye sore. Here are ways to keep elephant ears healthy and strong:
1. Exposure to direct sunlight
The plant should ideally be planted outdoors to ensure it is exposed to enough sunlight. You could couple it with a nice landscape edging design (for more on that, see Carve Your Creation) for a fantastic look.
If planted indoors, it should be in a convenient place like next to a window, or in a spot that gets sunlight throughout the day.
2. Stem support
When the leaves become too big, the stems should be supported with stakes to prevent the plants from falling off.
In the event of limited space, the relevant fertilizers should be used to supplement the nutrients. Pesticides are also recommended to wade off pests.
4. Water regularly
Elephant ears should be constantly watered to keep them hydrated and strong. If they are planted outdoors, they should be watered during the dry season.
Elephant ears falling over are a sign of insufficient moisture, sunlight or nutrients. The above measures should be taken to keep the plant healthy.