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Old 01-17-2011, 11:33 AM
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A ban on Elephant Ears? Any of you Texas gardeners heard about this?


One of my favorite things to grow in my beds are tropical looking plants, especially anything related to the caladium or Elephant Ears. I live in zone 7 & most of the time if I don't dig & store in the winter or heavily mulch I have to replant in the spring. So, at least in my part of TX there is little worry over them growing totally out of control. But yesterday in the Ft Worth Star Telegram I read an article that says they are trying to ban a big group of plants from TX including Elephant Ears. Needless to say, I am not a happy gardener over this. Just wondered what anyone else thinks of this.........
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:36 AM
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Simple - just grow them in pots instead
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:56 AM
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usually banning means that stores and nurseries can't sell them, you could still grow them, just means you'll have to either save their seeds or trade for the plants.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:05 PM
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Wish that it might be that way, but the article said if the ban passes it will be illegal to possess the plants, roots or seeds of the banned plant. I am going to try & find the proposed list to see what else is listed.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:50 PM
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Thats terrible to ban poor elephant ears.. There so pretty.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:01 PM
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That would be terrible. Any idea as to why they would want to ban Elephant Ears?
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:06 PM
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They are listing them as an invasive plant. I love them so much I would not have cared if they had invaded my yard. LOL As cold as our winters get I usually have to replant them every spring, sometimes they don't even come back if I mulch them heavily. How could that be invasive?
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:10 PM
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maybe there be parts of your state in a higher zone where they are invasive, from the pics I've seen on here I like them, grow some as indoor plants lol.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:54 PM
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They might mean a specific type of taro that is choking some waterways further south from you. I doubt they mean the large elephant ears.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:12 AM
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Just go south and cross the Brazos in the right location and the banks are so thick it is impossible to get to the water. They can be very invasive. And as liscensed aquatic pest manager, if TDA does decide to ban a plant, it will be illegal to posses or transport any part of the plant. Also ignorance is not an excuse for having a banned plant in your possession either.

What I am curious about (if this factual) how TDA proposes to eliminate Taro roots from stores?
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:22 AM
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There is that. I guess if they ban them from the stores, everyone can go to the banks of the rivers and help in the eradication by taking some home to cook with.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:36 AM
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Oh this is news!!! EE are very invasive here they are always cutting and spraying thick patches of them in the ditches here, which as Tx_Crinum says they will totally cover any area that has a lot of water. They grow really thick in the swamps here.
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Makes me think of the expression "one man's trash is another man's treasures"
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:10 PM
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WAtch out for lotus . I have seen areas in China' s East coastal plains where the water ways were choked with them also. Their climate and soil is similar to the coastal south. beautiful, just beautiful, just like the deadly water hyacinth
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"ban" of elephant ears


I ilve in Dallas and haven't heard anything about a ban on elephant ears. I was at Calloways on Sunday and they had EE bulbs for sale.Iv'e seen bulbs at Wal-mart and Home Depot as well. Lets hope this ban is only a rumor-Iv'e never grown illegal plants in my life, and I don't want to start now.....
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