Caladium Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Winter Haven, Fl
Question by cward35
March 3, 2011
25 caladium bulbs will be arriving in March which I plan to plant under my Lingustrum tree. I have several impatien plants there now, which survived 2 frosts & are beginning to bloom again. Do I have to discard them or can I transplant them somewhere else to make room for the bulbs?


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Answer from NGA
March 3, 2011

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If your impatiens are happy where they're growing, I'd leave them alone as much as possible. You should be able to plant your caladiums among and around the impatiens without damaging the impatiens too much and both plants will grow happily together in the same garden bed. I'd plant the caladiums by carefully digging into the impatiens with a bulb planter, setting the bulb in the hole and then replacing the impatiens back into the same hole. After you've finished planting, water everything well. The impatiens should root back well and the caladiums will grow up and through the impatiens. Best wishes with your project.

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