Tropicals forum: Keeping cladium and elephant ear bulbs in cold climate

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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Aug 7, 2016 5:38 PM CST
I would like to know if anyone in cold climates keeps cladium and elephant ear bulbs over winter if so how do you store them? I do not want to bring the plants into the house as they are planted together in large pots and I don't have a green house.
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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Aug 8, 2016 9:22 AM CST
Here is an instructive video how you can store your Elephant Ears:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW8Du8xjaOY
and your Caladiums:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUTi2MduzA0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwdSwHCIrGg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLFvzs57Owc



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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Aug 8, 2016 10:19 AM CST
Thank you, I will take a look at the videos.
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Name: Terri Stanley
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TerriStanley
Aug 9, 2016 4:38 AM CST
We overwinter our Cannas' and Elephant Ears in wood shavings or perlite. We pull them before a hard frost, rinse all the soil off, let them dry them on newspaper or the like, in the shade. When they're dry, pack them in the wood shavings or perlite. We use old milk crates, lined with a plastic bag. A layer of shavings, and a few roots, another layer of shavings, a few more roots and so on. We usually overwinter in our crawspace. We may use the spring house this winter. 55 degrees in there in the winter. I am far too high strung and always in a hurry, to watch the vids above.
This is what has works for us. We've had the same Cannas' and EE for 20 yrs.!
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ardesia
Aug 9, 2016 6:15 AM CST
Good explanation Terri. I grew up in NY and my parents did just that to keep their bulbs from year to year.
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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Aug 9, 2016 11:22 AM CST
Thanks, Terri all information is helpful to me. This is my first year growing them, they look great it would be nice to have them again next year.
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