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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 19, 2015 1:35 PM CST
Just to document how my very first Caladiums fare here in our Central Valley heat. These were my raffle prize from our ATP raffle. Big Grin I gave some bulbs to my friends, don't know if they had anything show up yet.

The box of goodies from Caladium Bulbs 4 Less:
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Planted the bulbs in April 2015:
Batch 1 - April 2, 2015
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Batch 2- April 16, 2015
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When I asked here in ATP their planting experience with these bulbs, everyone said it needs high temps and those here in the Pacific side, says it is rather slow..so I moved the containers temporarily in the path of direct sun, as much sun as it can get. Late April and the whole month of May was rather cool this year, so the bulbs where just doing nothing, had to peek several times just to see if they are still firm.

In late May, I moved the containers to part sun/shade, since one container from batch 1 has started to show something poking from the soil.

As June came, so with the higher temps of 90F and higher, finally saw one tiny leaf from one of batch 1 containers show up:
June 1
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Temps rising, finally got that horrid 105F heat wave on June 8, after that, some more new leaves starting to poke:

From batch 2
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Today 19June, from batch 2: two little leaves nicely formed, and one bigger one slowly unfurling
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Batch 1, still that one tiny leaf fully formed, some more new ones finally poking:
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Going to update this thread as it goes..at least something nice growing in this onerous heat wave days. I kept on inspecting the plants especially at night, afraid some opportunistic slug or snail might take advantage. I did apply some coffee grounds in these containers too, so far, no attackers has come..woohoo! I have been misting the leaves, following the cue with my croton plants that really enjoys getting misted. I am just glad these plants have not yet croaked with this intense dry heat we are having.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jun 19, 2015 4:47 PM CST
I'm going to follow this with interest. I tried them once in shade. Some came up and looked good, but only one returned the following year. I never had a problem with snails, but that avocado tree has grown, and not much can grow under it.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 19, 2015 5:01 PM CST
Oh cool! I will have company watching Smiling

So, just interesting to see now that some comes out smaller leaves, others like a big leaf right away. I wonder how long it will last our dry heat..for sure if it is humid heat it will be like weeds.

Still waiting for two containers to show some sign of life..waiting game continues.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 21, 2015 3:59 PM CST
Open sesame! Hurray!

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jun 21, 2015 4:36 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 21, 2015 6:18 PM CST
Thanks Carol! These caladiums are like saying Happy Summer everyone, we are here! Hilarious! Big Grin
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 23, 2015 2:39 PM CST
More poking leaves showing up on Batch #1 container Hurray!

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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
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Kelli
Jun 24, 2015 8:47 AM CST
I've grown caladiums before, so they can take the heat. (They were from Happiness Farms in Florida.) I've never had them return for a second year, even when I dug up the corms and kept them indoors. That's cool that you won a raffle. I haven't attempted because I don't have room for much of anything new. I do have a pot in which I'd like to put an Echinacea but I'll wait until spring to get one.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 24, 2015 8:52 AM CST
Yes, I think our Cali oven heat is really okay with them, just stepping up the misting now, just so lousy humidity as day progresses. Now that is my fear when the cooler temps come. So will really be more attentive to it when colder conditions return, it certainly will not survive that here, so will treat it like my sleeping Plumies and Adeniums come winter time, hidden safely indoors.
Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Jun 24, 2015 8:53 AM CST
I didn't even mist.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 24, 2015 8:56 AM CST
I have to mist the leaves here, really helps them..getting the cue from my crotons. Smiling
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 29, 2015 9:40 AM CST
Photo updates of my caladium containers!
Loving the overlapping growth of these big leaves, also sheltering the smaller ones Big Grin
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Other containers slowly following suit:

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jun 29, 2015 1:08 PM CST
Looking Good!
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 29, 2015 1:18 PM CST
Thanks Carol! Just one more container left, that one the slowest, no sign of anything yet. Triple digits coming again by tomorrow, hope that will wake it up! Smiling
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 29, 2015 1:40 PM CST
Trying to experiment now how much direct sun can these leaves take. I have this window of direct sun from 11 am to 2pm, then after that all shade again.
Name: Holly
Russian River Ca. (Zone 9b)
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Hollyhawk
Jun 29, 2015 2:06 PM CST
I'm watching too. Going to give some a go but was worried about the sun, so this will help me out a lot. The direct sun will be from noon to 3 pm where I would like to plant. I tip my hat to you.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 29, 2015 2:13 PM CST
I caved in! Returned the container to its old part shade spot, one of the leaves seems going lanky ready to flop, so I gave it a sip of water too. Seems the ones with more white colors are able to take the direct sun, but the ones with more green hates it...okay back to part shade. Then, I placed the slowest not performing container into the direct sun area, maybe it needs more heat at soil level to awaken the tubers.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Jun 30, 2015 9:57 AM CST
Back to experimenting locations for my caladiums, have moved one container on the low brick fence, alongside my agapanthus. Seeing it at eye level, is really nice, a good contrast to the strap-like leaves of the agapanthus. I also watered this container very well today, we are expecting 106F later.
At 7:29 am, still in shade:
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At 7:57 am, with the sun from the east, I like the way the light casts some light on that one green leaf with red variegation, seems to be on a cool glow:
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At 8:39am - a little more east sun, I love the effect so far.
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To be continued!
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Jun 30, 2015 3:53 PM CST
Batch 1 container photo update: With the current heat wave, leaf sprouts showing faster!
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For some reason that colorful new leaf would not show nicely, so upright!
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Jun 30, 2015 4:48 PM CST
The sky is dripping again.

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