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Re: Caladiums

From Caladium World:
Storage Information

The bulbs should be dug before the first frost. Time permitting, the leaves
should be allowed to dry up and fall off naturally. This allows the
nutrients to be absorbed by the bulb. The leaves may also be removed by
cutting them off close to the bulb, being careful not to cut into the bulb.
Any cuts or tears into the bulb increase the chance of fungus/rot during
storage. Ideally, the bulbs should be stored in flats in an area that is
going to stay at 70 degrees or warmer with good ventilation. If space is
limited, the bulbs may be placed in mesh bags with peat moss as a separator.
Check bulbs periodically for softness or rot and discard. Bulbs can be
replanted in the spring.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 5:32 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Caladiums

> My caladiums went all limp the first really cool night.  They're not quite
> dead - just lying
> on the ground.  Should I allow them to die completely or cut them off now?
> have never
> really tried to save caladiums before, but for reasons too complicated to
> into I ended
> up with quite a lot of bulbs last spring and they have been quite handsome
> all summer.
> Usually I just think I will get more next year, but I doubt I'll ever buy
> this many again, so
> perhaps should try to save these.  Just don't know how to proceed.  Any
> advice is
> appreciated.
> Auralie
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