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Jun 13, 2021 12:35 PM CST
Name: Bill Kurek
Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b)
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Hi Gang,
I've been receiving A LOT of emails and phone calls from you good folks out in Texas the last couple of weeks asking me if it's to late to plant caladiums.
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The quick and short answer is "Not by a Mile"!!
As hot as it's getting, you will see leaves in a fraction of the time as if you had planted the bulbs back in April or whenever it was your nights started warming up. To be honest with you, you could plant caladiums on Labor Day and you'd be enjoying them in a week or so and than until Mother Nature decided differently but it'd still most likely be into November, maybe December when they started fading.

Bill
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Jun 13, 2021 1:01 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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Mine are growing well in our blast furnace heat here in New Mexico.
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Jun 13, 2021 2:11 PM CST
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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My daughter planted hers before I did. Both of us are loving the bright colors where the freezing weather melted most all of our tropicals. I'm still working in the backyard every day to salvage some plants I'd had for 30 years.

I sure plan to order more caladiums from you next year....for both daughter and myself. I'll try to take a few photos soon.
Sandi
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Oct 11, 2021 1:59 PM CST
Name: Carol
East Texas
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How to overwinter caladium bulbs near Tyler, Tx
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Oct 12, 2021 12:30 PM CST
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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Hmmm, deep mulch would probably work there, just looking at frost lines. Counties of Castro, Gray, Hale, Lubbock, Potter and Wilbarger have a 12" frostline. I know that doesn't help with Tyler? but enough mulch over the bulbs and around the bulbs would go a long way toward helping
So many roads to take, choices to make, and laughs to share!
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Oct 13, 2021 7:04 AM CST
Name: Carol
East Texas
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Guess what I wanted to know is how to remove caladiums from a pot and save them for next year? Thank you for your reply,
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Oct 13, 2021 10:38 AM CST
Frisco, TX (Zone 8a)
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backacre said:Guess what I wanted to know is how to remove caladiums from a pot and save them for next year? Thank you for your reply,


I have that question too. Should I actually remove them or could I just put the pot in a garage? Maybe just enough water to keep it from being bone dry?
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Oct 13, 2021 11:20 AM CST
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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teacup754 said:

I have that question too. Should I actually remove them or could I just put the pot in a garage? Maybe just enough water to keep it from being bone dry?


I've tried both and, while I've had one or two come back in the spring they didn't ever grow well. Usually they simply haven't come back. Cannas and Elephant Ears in containers I just sit in the garage and they return just fine, but not Caladiums.
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