Tropicals forum: Hot water treatment of Caladiums

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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Mar 13, 2015 5:29 PM CST

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I've read a few papers on hot water treatment of Caladium to deal with root-knot nematodes. Has anyone done this? Are there are other benefits? I'm really wondering if this is helpful in "waking up" dormant tubers.

Here's just one paper. http://fshs.org/proceedings-o/2000-vol-113/158-161%20(McMILL...
Evan

donp
Mar 16, 2015 6:13 AM CST
. All commercial growers do this at 122F for 30 minutes to control root knot nematode. It also seems to hasten sprouting.

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Xeramtheum
Mar 16, 2015 8:34 AM CST
Sounds intriguing! I might try it on some of mine to 'wake them up'.
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Mar 16, 2015 7:03 PM CST

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Me too. Thanks for the specifics Don.
Evan

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