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  Re: Caladium bulbs shrinking ?
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.07.13 at 23:29:32(5085)
Sounds to me like they did not have enough growing time. Here in Florida I
leave mine in the ground for a month or more AFTER the leaves 'go down', I
was told by an old grower at Lake Placid that the roots continue to allow
the tubers to develop AFTER the leaves are lost, and since they do it, I
tried it, and it works for me!
I then dig them up and store them in labled paper bags in my unheated garage
(in W.P.B., Florida) where when it warms up in spring the bulbs will begin
to sprout, letting me know that it`s time to plant them out again!

See my other posting on this virus. I`m not worried about it, as it has
been around for YEARS, I`ve seen it in MANY collections on MANY species
(including Amorphophallus sps ). It can come and go, as I used to have it
on a Xanthosoma, and in the last couple of years it seems to have gone away.
I do not know for sure, but believe it stays with tuberous aroids of only
certain families such as Colocasia, Alocasia, Caladium, Amorphophallus, etc.
I do not believe that it affects Philodendrons, etc., but could be wrong on

Cheers and good luck,


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