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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
May 7, 2018 7:58 AM CST
Last year was the first year I ever grew Caladiums. Then not knowing what I was doing, I yanked them up for the winter just before first frost. Last week while cleaning the old vegetation off of the roots, I noticed some of the roots had turned white and they're almost chalky & hard. Has anyone ever seen this? Is this a storage issue, a harvest issue, disease issue, handling issue?

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 10, 2018 8:44 AM CST
I'm not sure what the white stuff is, but as long as the tubers are firm, I wouldn't worry about it. (hey, I live in Florida where fungus rules the world) I kept some tubers that I won in the photo contest from last fall until just a few weeks ago. Was not at all sure they'd do anything, since they had lumps and spots all over but they were dry and firm, so went ahead. They've jumped up and are gorgeous now.

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
May 30, 2018 9:09 PM CST
We had 3 variants. Whitish, like those shown by you above, a reddish one, and an almost salmon-pink variant. We planted them a little over a week ago. The white ones seem to be sprouting well. Another (not sure which) is sprouting. The last hasn't done much yet. I planted them all under a side landing. We'll see what happens.
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
May 30, 2018 9:49 PM CST
Cool, I'll bet all that rain you got from the tropical storm passing by will have them jumping up nicely. They do love lots of water.
Elaine

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Name: Bill Kurek
Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b)
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caladiums4less
Nov 4, 2018 12:48 PM CST
The white you are seeing is from the bulb being cut. When a caladium bulb gets cut, the cut part will callus over and as it drys it turn white. The inside of a caladium bulb is generally a yellowish color, Those bulbs should have been OK
Sorry, I didn't see this earlier

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Nov 4, 2018 9:30 PM CST
caladiums4less said:The white you are seeing is from the bulb being cut. When a caladium bulb gets cut, the cut part will callus over and as it drys it turn white. The inside of a caladium bulb is generally a yellowish color, Those bulbs should have been OK
Sorry, I didn't see this earlier
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Those were roots I broke open. They were lighter in weight so I broke a few open and inside they were chalky and dryish. Are you saying they would have been ok to plant?
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE
Name: Bill Kurek
Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b)
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caladiums4less
Nov 16, 2018 12:32 PM CST
If they were chalky and dry than they probably weren't any good.
When harvesting occurs the machinery will knick the bulbs sometimes resulting in the whitish color when that cut drys

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