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May 7, 2018 7:58 AM CST
Name: UrbanWild
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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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May 10, 2018 8:44 AM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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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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May 30, 2018 9:09 PM CST
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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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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May 30, 2018 9:49 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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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.
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Nov 4, 2018 12:48 PM CST
Name: Bill Kurek
Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b)
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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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Nov 4, 2018 9:30 PM CST
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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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?
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Nov 16, 2018 12:32 PM CST
Name: Bill Kurek
Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b)
Bulbs
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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