Starting Caladium Indoors - Knowledgebase Question

Elmsford, NY
Question by lcurran
March 15, 2001
Does one put caladiums in pots to start and then transplant outside or must one leave the caladiums in pots outside?


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Answer from NGA
March 15, 2001

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Caladium foliage will not tolerate frost so they are grown as a summer annual in your area. They can be started early indoors in small pots with gently bottom heat if desired (many gardeners do this because it gives them a head start), or can be planted outside after frost and once the soil has had a chance to warm up. To keep them from year to year, the caladiums must be dug up in the fall and stored indoors as one would cannas.

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