Elephant Ears – Leaves Browning

Q: I have elephant ears growing in a container. The leaves are curling and appear to be burned around the edges. What is the cause of this?

A: Browning around the leaf edges is usually a sign of water stress. My guess is that the leaves have grown so big that they can’t get enough water from their root system in the container. Water daily or move the plants to a bigger pot. Before frost, clip the stems at the base and store the pot indoors so the elephant ear tubers are protected from freezing.