As autumn days grow shorter, and nighttime temperatures cool, Caladium season draws to a close. Caladiums love heat. Cool autumn days and nights signal that it is time to dig them and save them for another year.
Our Caladium leaves have lost their rigid posture, and some lie on the ground. I need to dig them soon, or lose track of some of the tubers. Once the leaves fade, there is little clue of where they may be buried, and the tubers won’t survive a Virginia winter.
Some gardeners treat Caladiums like annuals and let them run their course. But if you want to save your tubers to grow again next year, you’ll find complete instructions for success in this post, courtesy of Don Patterson of Classic Caladiums.
Greetings to the ladies of the Governor’s Land Garden Club. Thank you for your kind hospitality this morning. I hope that the instructions in this post will help you as you prepare to dig your Caladiums and keep them alive this winter for planting next spring.
Caladium ‘Florida Sweetheart’ grown from a single bulb we dug last fall and overwintered.
Caladiums are tender perennials, growing bigger and better each year in warm climates where they may be left undisturbed. The catch is that they are tropical by nature, and want to stay warm, even when dormant.
The general rule of thumb tells us to store them at 60F or warmer, even when the tuber is dormant. Certainly, one would want to bring them indoors in any climate where the soil temperature dips below 60F, right? Not necessarily…
Admiring my friend’s Caladium bed last week, she told me that they had overwintered in place. She’d never gotten around to digging them, and just piled some leaves on their bed at the base of a small tree. Voila! They emerged this spring, bigger and better than they had been in 2016.
Now, understand that my…
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