I'm wondering when is the best time to lift tender bulbs, in my zone, how to store them, and when is the best time to start them for the growing season? I'm growing Calladium and Canna, and I would really like to save money by storing them for next year.
The Canna seemed to have taken forever to sprout, perhaps because they were planted directly in the soil (?). I did that in a new, unexpected, expansion into the center of a tree ring garden, because the very old tree had to come down in April, and it's huge trunk was completely hollow! The Canna bulbs were the last of the plantings, probably around June. You know how it is.....flying by the seat of your pants, adding things as they come across the ol' noggin!
The Calladium was planted directly in a large pot, right after I bought it. Which was probably in June, as well. I really don't remember for sure...
It seems to me that pre-sprouting them is perhaps the best option, for the growing seasons, of years to come, but determining the timing really isn't my forte'!
I tried to scroll through the posts, here, and if I've missed any that answer these questions....perhaps the authors might direct me to the links...
Your expert advice will be greatly appreciated!