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Name: Kevin M
Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Aug 28, 2016 6:23 AM CST
I live in zone 6b. Have a nice assortment of caladiums and an ee growing in my rock garden. Do I have to dig them up and store the tubers/bulbs once they fade in the fall and replant for color next year? Thanks! (Recently transplanted myself from Fla., learning the ways of northeast gardening.)
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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Aug 28, 2016 9:40 AM CST
My guess would be a big, fat, YES! LOL However, I have never had any luck overwintering caladium bulbs. They just seemed to do the "dust to dust" thing for me. Green Grin!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Aug 28, 2016 10:08 AM CST
Yes, absolutely you need to dig them and bring them indoors. But I wouldn't store them naked, put them in a flower pot with some potting soil and don't let them dry out completely. Maybe water the pot every couple of weeks. If they're nice big bulbs they will do fine over the winter in a cool, dark place.

If they aren't nice and big, at least an inch across, when you dig them up, I would order some new bulbs from Bill next spring. They're not expensive and will give you SO much nicer big healthy plants than what you'll get from little bulbs that you've stored.

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Name: Betty
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Aug 28, 2016 10:58 AM CST
I recently asked the same question on the tropical forum here is the link.
The thread "Keeping cladium and elephant ear bulbs in cold climate" in Tropicals forum
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Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Aug 29, 2016 7:23 AM CST
I dig up mine,clean them off really well and store them in brown paper bags in the bottom of my refrigerator,I just have to remember to mist them at least once a month. You can start them indoors mid March,this way by mid May I can transplant them out side. Good Luck....
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