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  Caladium (Xanthosoma) lindenii
From: Piabinha at aol.com on 2000.07.11 at 21:24:42(5063)
my previous plant, a small one in a 5" pot, croaked easily and then never
came back, although i expected it to have a tuber... just this weekend, i
bought a large plant (in a 12" pot) for only $9.95 from a vendor at jerry
barad's picnic. i'm keeping my fingers crossed...

incidentally, why do cultivated Caladium tubers shrink from year to year?
how do they increase in size in the wild then?

tsuh yang chen, nyc, USA

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.07.12 at 17:50:50(5066)
This 'Caladium' species is rhizomatous, and does not form any kind of a
tuber. I just posted another message to this effect.

Under good conditions Caladium thbers always increase in size or divide into
more tubers, therefor if yours are shrinking in size, something is seriously
wrong. Your growing conditions in N.Y. are probably not providing the
optimum conditions they need. These may include length of growing period
during the entire year, length of 'day light' in your apt., humidity, soil
mix to suit your watering schedule, correct type of fertlizer, and many
They do VERY well in the wild AND in many collections, increasing
dramatically in size and tuber quantity from year to year! There is a
whole industry here in Cen. Florida that depends on this!



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