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Name: sscarrier
Fairhope (Zone 9a)
May 20, 2016 5:37 PM CST
I purchased caladiums and while planting them a small bulb broke off. It had a tiny little leaf on it so I brought it inside to try and get it to grow a little larger before I put it in the ground. The leaf started to die so I placed the entire thing in water and added a little peroxide. It has done really well and even has new leaves coming out. I tried to put it in a little seed starter pot with soil and it started to die again, so I placed it back in the water. Now I don't know what to do with it. It's about an inch long from top to bottom so like I said it's really little. Any suggestions??
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Name: tarev
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May 20, 2016 5:44 PM CST
Caladiums like it when it gets really warm to hot temps, humid even better. Don't know where you are located, but if your conditions outside are warm enough like 75F and higher , you can gradually put in part sun/part shade area, so those leaves can go on growing.

At least yours is awake already, mine is just barely poking through the soil, since our temps still on the cool side.
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May 20, 2016 6:16 PM CST
I won 25 caladium bulbs in a raffle here. My greenhouse Caladiums are growing well, but the ones outdoors aren't doing much yet. They really do love heat and humidity.
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May 21, 2016 6:46 AM CST
Hi & welcome! You have probably added your zone info since Tarev's reply and now it says you're in Z9. I would put it in the ground where you want it now. Mine (in the ground) are just coming up this week too.
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