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Re: Caladium bulbs shrinking ?

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: Caladium bulbs shrinking ?
  • From: Piabinha@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 22:01:48 -0500 (CDT)

In a message dated 7/13/2000 7:29:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
ju-bo@email.msn.com writes:

> Sounds to me like they did not have enough growing time.   Here in Florida I
>  leave mine in the ground for a month or more AFTER the leaves 'go down', I
>  was told by an old grower at Lake Placid that the roots continue to allow
>  the tubers to develop AFTER the leaves are lost, and since they do it, I
>  tried it, and it works for me!
>  I then dig them up and store them in labled paper bags in my unheated
>  (in W.P.B., Florida) where when it warms up in spring the bulbs will begin
>  to sprout, letting me know that it`s time to plant them out again!
>  See my other posting on this virus.   I`m not worried about it, as it has
>  been around for YEARS, I`ve seen it in MANY collections on MANY species
>  (including Amorphophallus sps ).   It can come and go, as I used to have it
>  on a Xanthosoma, and in the last couple of years it seems to have gone
>  I do not know for sure, but believe it stays with tuberous aroids of only
>  certain families such as Colocasia, Alocasia, Caladium, Amorphophallus,
>  I do not believe that it affects Philodendrons, etc., but could be wrong on
>  this.
>  Cheers and good luck,
>  Julius
>  ju-bo@msn.com

my experience growing them outdoors in the summer and bringing them inside
dormant in the fall is that the tubers decrease in size and vigor over the
years, something that i had read in some book taht advised buying them every
year, treating them as annuals.

tsuh yang chen, nyc, USA

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