Northern Gardening forum: Caladiums in Minnesota...When to plant out?

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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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dmurray407
May 12, 2013 4:46 PM CST
Just curious-when should I plant my Caladiums outside in their containers? Usually I start them indoors on a heat mat under lights but got a late start this year. It's still been cool at night. The instructions that came with my bulbs say after temps are >65 degrees, but I'm wondering if I can push that a little bit?
Thanks!
Deb
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chelle
May 12, 2013 5:12 PM CST
Deb,

Are you planting straight into the ground or starting in pots?
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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
May 12, 2013 5:22 PM CST
They go into planters on my deck-north side of house.
Deb
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
May 13, 2013 6:50 AM CST
North side might still be a little too cool to plant out.





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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 13, 2013 8:08 AM CST
Caladiums like warmth!
These are being sprouted in the house, and will be planted in containers.
They do not go outside until night time temperatures are warm.

In light of your crazy weather-I'd hold off putting them outside.
Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
May 13, 2013 12:50 PM CST
Thanks! Maybe June 1st if the weather is better? I still don't think it will be >65 degrees at night (though it's supposed to be 90 degrees tomorrow.......). I usually do sprout them inside but didn't get my bulbs in time this year-unless you think I should still do that-on heat mats under lights until June 15th or so?
Deb
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
May 13, 2013 1:17 PM CST
I'd definitely start them now -indoors or someplace warmer outdoors. I have canna started in a shallow pot that's doing well in a sheltered area on the south side of my house. If temps fall much below 45 I bring them into a warmer place. We had 34 degrees and frost overnight so I set them in a working compost pile with a cover over them. They were nice and toasty-warm this morning. Smiling

I need to get my caladium started too! Whistling
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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
May 13, 2013 6:35 PM CST
OK, thanks! I'll get them going indoors this week!
Deb
Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
May 15, 2013 9:01 AM CST
Got them planted this morning-I'll plan to give them a month or so under the lights on the heat mats before going outside. Thanks for your suggestions!

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Deb
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
May 15, 2013 9:53 AM CST
Sweet setup, Deb! Hurray!

Mine aren't planted yet, but thanks for the reminder. Think I'll switch from seedlings to bulbs for just a bit. Big Grin
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 21, 2013 5:00 AM CST
We are just about to have warmer weather ,but some good rains so I am getting seeds in the ground.
I am potting the Caladiums ,but keeping them inside until hot weather comes.
Name: Christine
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Christine27360
May 26, 2013 3:50 PM CST
Best keep them there for a while deb -- only 43 today in SE MN! I miss the sun!!!! Sad
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
Jun 4, 2013 6:52 AM CST
They're still in my basement-not sure if it will warm up enough for them to go outside this summer! My pot of Elephant Ears is out, but it's sitting on a heat mat...ummm, excuse me, it's June 3rd today!
Deb
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jun 4, 2013 8:51 AM CST
I agree

My Elephant Ears and begonias are out and will have to make it or break it on their own (46 degrees here the last two nights). My caladiums and canna are still sitting on a working compost pile under cover, but they'll want to get out soon, too.
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Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Jun 5, 2013 7:27 PM CST
I turned the heat on again! Angry Angry

Maybe this weekend we will hit 70... I got about 10 Hostas to plant -- not sure if I even should yet.... Shrug!
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jun 5, 2013 8:06 PM CST
Christine, I am sorry it is still so cold in your neck of the woods, I hope it warms up real soon. Group hug .

It has been nice here the past few days, in the seventies, some clouds, and breezy. I have been really working hard getting the annuals in the containers and the ground, still have lots to do, I think I started too many seeds and bought too many plants! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jun 5, 2013 9:34 PM CST
We all do that! And then must work like crazy to get them planted.
But we will be glad we did when they all bloom!
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jun 5, 2013 11:06 PM CST
Exactly!! My hubby doesn't get it, never can understand why I work so hard. Hilarious! He hates gardening, he cuts the grass and trims the weeds outside the back fence, then he goes fishing. nodding But he is good, if I need something heavy moved or a new large hole dug he will do it, takes all of the garden waste to recycle. Lovey dubby
Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
Jun 6, 2013 7:58 AM CST
Another damp 50 degree morning here-just patiently waiting for summer:) I don't think I'll ever get the tomatoes in-I know they wouldn't do well with these low temps-maybe some Early Girls...........
Deb
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Jun 6, 2013 9:14 AM CST
I have a few tomato plants with fruit, but they're clearly not at their happiest as far as temps go...not yet. I'm kind of surprised that the squash seeds are sprouting.

Caladiums still aren't out yet, but the pansies and greens sure are happy with the cool weather.
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