Tropicals forum: Kitchen Gardening with Caladiums

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 14, 2014 1:34 PM CST

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Due to an extremely early freeze here, I have a kitchen full of large pots of caladiums until tomorrow evening. DD is having a garden party Saturday night as a fund raiser. Yep, a garden party for 40.
There are heaters all over their backyard, my large red urn pots are already there, and the only thing missing is the caladiums for the urns. Our hoops are filled, as is the garage, so the only place to keep caladiums warm for a few days is our kitchen/breakfast room. I have a feeling the only only things outside Saturday night will be the caladiums. The guests will all be inside.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 19, 2014 5:33 PM CST
Sandi, did those pretty caladiums survive? I think we're all getting an early taste of what this winter is going to be like. I have a feeling I may lose a few (or possibly many) tropical plants this winter. It's just way too early for this cold ... but I sure can't complain when I see on the news what other areas are getting - like Buffalo, N.Y. Wow! 5 feet or more of snow!
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 19, 2014 8:07 PM CST
They look so healthy! My in-ground caladium are kaput.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 19, 2014 9:43 PM CST

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Lin, the caladiums were fine. It rained all day, but cleared right before their party. They placed the pots in the urns and lined the walk with bromeliad pots. The night temp outside was about 48. They had heaters, so a lot of people were outside.
We went over the next day and picked up the pots. They all looked like when we took them the day before. We were supposed to have a county wide freeze Sunday night, so I took them all out of the pots and cut the foliage away from the bulbs. I'm going to see if they will sprout again in the spring.

Today was cool and sunny. Tomorrow brings rain. And the weekend will be in the high 70s! Crazy weather...but no snow, thank goodness!

Cheryl, do some of your In ground caladiums come back? I've had them appear in pots, but not in ground.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 20, 2014 3:06 PM CST
Love seeing Caladium photos! Always looks so cheerful to me Smiling I wish I can grow them..I may have the temps but not the humidity it needs.. Sighing! Remembering them growing like weeds in my home country where our humidity is just through the roof!
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 20, 2014 6:27 PM CST
Well, it sounds like your love and care of your caladium helped put on a real show! Hurray! And glad the weather cooperated.

Each year we plant 60-80 caladium bulbs. Some of them actually do come back depending on how harsh a winter we have. We are getting too old and tired to keep replanting each spring. I think we may try your in-the-pot method next year, then we can try to over winter them....because there is plenty of space in the greenhouse. Rolling on the floor laughing
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 20, 2014 6:53 PM CST
You didn't want them back in your kitchen after the party, Sandi? Big Grin

They do come back most of the time here, when planted in the ground.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 20, 2014 11:43 PM CST

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Tarev, I think about all the plants that grew in my yard in Hawaii that I took for granted. I was too busy with other interests then.

Cheryl, those pots were the second group of caladiums I ordered from Bill. When DH wound up in hospital, I left the box on the patio for a very long time. Finally decided I was going to lose them all, so I just stuck them in pots, watered them and they were on their own. They were gorgeous. I usually buy one type for border and another for baskets. Ordering those mixed ones later in the season gave me a chance to see caladiums I wouldn't have thought to order before. And....I could move the pots around if they were in too much sun or not getting hit by the sprinklers.

And, Elaine....I , myself , don't want to be in the kitchen any longer than I have to. Whistling

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