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Name: Ann Careccia
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Calypso1
Jun 14, 2016 7:19 AM CST
What causes brownish holes in Caladium leaves? What causes the stems to be snipped off from the Caladium plants?
Name: Karen
NM , AZ (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Jun 14, 2016 8:48 AM CST
Caladiums can be damaged by caterpillars, grasshoppers, snails or slugs. I have mice that often snip off the stems. So far I haven't found the answer to keeping them all in perfect shape.
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Name: Ted
Brea, CA (Zone 10b)
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Ted5310
Aug 18, 2016 8:46 PM CST
Where can I find info on growing caladiums in zone 10b in California
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 18, 2016 9:46 PM CST
They love the heat, humidity and lots of water here, Ted. (I'm 9b or 10a) Maybe you could grow them in pots where you have your orchids?

Leaf colors are different in various levels of light, but all mine are in at least partial shade here. Even though some say "sun tolerant" I think they look kind of faded in the sun and the leaves aren't as big or lush.
Elaine

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Name: Ted
Brea, CA (Zone 10b)
Bulbs Region: Southwest Gardening Container Gardener Region: California Herbs Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Tropicals Cactus and Succulents Orchids Ferns Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Ted5310
Aug 19, 2016 12:50 PM CST
Thanx Elaine. I picked two up earlier this spring and have them under the shade cloth in pots, but lower than I keep the orchids. They look good, but when you're just guessing....colors look good. I have one that is mostly white with a little green and the other is green center with a red trim. Do you keep them in pots? Do the bulbs need to dry out come winter? Get cold? Leave 'em be?
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 19, 2016 2:58 PM CST
Some of mine are in pots and some in the ground, Ted. They all just 'hang out' through the winter out in the garden and take whatever the weather doles out. The ones in ground peter out after a few years, mainly because of competition from the oak tree roots. The ones in pots come back for years, and are gorgeous.

Took these this morning, flirting with the idea of entering the Caladium Photo contest. But I won a box of bulbs 2 years ago, and never did get them all planted, ended up giving a lot to my neighbor (a win-win as he planted them in his front yard where I get to see them).

White Wings
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Florida Beauty in the shady border - these are some that I won the year before last, and planted in September so they lasted through part of January nicely. They've just started up again this year.
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Gingerland - a favorite.
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Elaine

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