How To Care For Caladium Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Evanston, Il
Question by franconeri20
October 11, 2010
Is it OK to leave preplanted caladium bulbs from a summer season underground for the winter?


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Answer from NGA
October 11, 2010

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Caladium bulbs are frost tender and will need to be dug and stored for the winter months. If you leave them outdoors they will freeze to death. Here's what to do: The leaves will die back when the temperatures get cool this fall. At that time, the tuber will need to rest before sprouting new leaves. When the leaves yellow and die, stop watering and either dig the tuber or put the pot in a cool (60F) area. You can store the tuber in the pot, or dig it up and store it in dry peatmoss. In the spring, replant the tuber in fresh potting soil and begin watering. It will be happy in a bright window, or outdoors in a shady spot. Don't let direct sunlight reach the leaves or they will shrivel up.

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