Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: MIXED Caladium Bulbs for Sale: $3.00 for 8 ounces

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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Hostas Ferns
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RickM
Jul 11, 2016 8:18 AM CST
I have left over MIXED caladium bulbs...
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If you're interested, I'm selling them off at $3.00 for 8 ounces. The number of bulbs per 8 ounces will vary, but here's an idea.
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Also, these would have to be picked up at my place in Derwood, MD (near Gaithersburg)

I checked with Bill (Caladiums Bulbs 4 less), and he suggests that they be planted this year. They may dry out too much if held over.
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Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
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5601Lisa
Jul 11, 2016 10:34 AM CST
Hey Rick, I'd like two pounds or so. Let me know when I can stop by.
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Hostas Ferns
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RickM
Jul 11, 2016 10:56 AM CST
You can stop by anytime. I finished bagging them up in 1/2 pound bags, and I have 11 1/2 pounds ready to go.
What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it. Charles Dudley Warner
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
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5601Lisa
Jul 11, 2016 12:26 PM CST
How 'bout 1:00 Tuesday?
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Hostas Ferns
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RickM
Jul 11, 2016 1:08 PM CST
That works. You know where you're going?
What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it. Charles Dudley Warner
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
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5601Lisa
Jul 11, 2016 2:50 PM CST
Yep. See you tomorrow afternoon.
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Hostas Ferns
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RickM
Jul 16, 2016 11:55 AM CST
I still have several pounds of caladium. Please let me know if you're interested.
What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it. Charles Dudley Warner
Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
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gitagal
Jul 26, 2016 3:47 PM CST
Rick--

The Caladiums you still have--would they last as dormant until next summer?
I would not mind having some if I can winter over the bulbs. How???

Almost too late to plant any now. Besides--I have no room as all my beds are full.
Thanks. Gita
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Hostas Ferns
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RickM
Jul 26, 2016 4:49 PM CST
Gita,

I checked with the grower, and he had reservations on whether they would winter over. His fear is that they would dry out. I have to wonder about that though as I lift my bulbs in the falls and store them inside all winter with no problem.

Also, No room in the garden doesn't mean no room for pots! We pretty much only put caladium in pots these days. Not only does it make it easier to lift them in the fall, but we move the pots around depending on where we need color.

Otherwise, yes, I still have some available.
What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it. Charles Dudley Warner
Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
Life is "mind over matter". If I d
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gitagal
Jul 26, 2016 7:30 PM CST
Thanks, Rick. I will pass--as I , sort of, agree with the time frame.
A month or more ago--I bought a bag of smallish Caladium bulbs end of season
at the Home depot for 50% off. Not the greatest quality!
I chose the bag I saw more "hope" in seeing new pips coming up from the bulbs.
Planted them in good faith here and there--and then--YEAH!!! Most of them came up.

They are all red--but that's OK. I like red in my beds. Gita
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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Hostas Ferns
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RickM
Jul 27, 2016 6:32 AM CST
I don't bother trying to start caladiums in the open. They're too finicky. Caladiums like a soil temp of at least 70 degrees to start. I use one of those black mixing pans for concrete. They run 6-8 inches deep and are long and wide enough to get things growing.

I put in a 2" base layer of perlite mixed with peat moss, lay the bulbs in, cover with another couple of inches of the peat mix and water thoroughly. CAUTION: the pan is HEAVY once all of that peat is wet. Move it off of your potting bench/table before watering. Put it in an area that gets some sun to help with the warming.

The black color helps keep the peat warm. In about 10 days, you will start to see the shoots popping out. Once they're all up, I remove them in clumps and put them up in pots. You could also then plant them out in the open.

I have had greater than 95% success in sprouting. The only draw back is when you go to remove them from the pan, their roots can be somewhat entangled. A gentle hand works well. This is also why I use the perlite/peat mix instead of soil. The soil is too heavy to easily remove the plants.
What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it. Charles Dudley Warner
Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
Life is "mind over matter". If I d
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gitagal
Jul 27, 2016 8:08 AM CST
Thanks, Mike...Some great suggestions. May try this next year.

I still think it is too late for this year at least in my opinion.

see you and Larry soon....Gita

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