Tropicals forum: Caladium help needed

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Sep 22, 2016 4:22 PM CST
My Caladiums finally sprouted, took them a good 2 months ( what's up with that?). Anyways, now it's Fall and they'll have to be brought in soon. What's the process for that?
Thanks in advance!!
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Sep 23, 2016 6:13 AM CST
Caladiums sprout quickly, within days actually when the soil is warm - very warm like in Florida. I suspect you had yours planted in a shady spot and in your zone the soil rarely if ever gets hot. In my climate I don't have to dig my bulbs so I can't advise you there but next year be sure to plant those bulbs in a container and start them indoors where it is warm.
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Sep 23, 2016 1:50 PM CST
Thanks, I can easily start them in pots in the spring...but do they transplant well or would they have to stay in the pots?
Hopefully someone will come along soon with more information on this.
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plantmanager
Sep 23, 2016 3:15 PM CST
I grew some in pots, and then transferred them into the ground later on. They didn't seem to mind at all. There was no shocking that I could see.
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bonitin
Sep 23, 2016 9:05 PM CST
I am in a similar situation Lee Anne:
The thread "(too) late planting of Caladiums" in Tropicals forum

I would dig them up, pot them up and let them grow a few more months inside. They do easily transplant in my experience.
Next year I am planning to start them early indoors.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 24, 2016 3:37 PM CST
I live in Florida where luckily Caladiums can stay in ground year round and will re-appear as long as we don't have a couple of hard freezes. I grow them both in ground and in containers but the containers stay out year round as well.

Check out this NGA article about over-wintering; scroll down the page for Caladium: http://garden.org/celebratingtheseasons/?page=september_savi...

Another tip here: http://garden.org/nga/searchqa/answer/9601/
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