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  Re: Caladium bulbs shrinking ?
From: Al Wootten awootten at NRAO.EDU> on 2000.07.14 at 22:52:03(5110)
I obtained my caladiums through Dick Mansell a few years ago. I grow them
in largish pots buried in the ground, to try to keep the temperature stable.
I bring the pots in in the fall when the leaves begin to droop and let them
die back in the back of my orchid closet. So far, I don't see any shrinking
in them. I never take them out of their pots, so I don't know the size of
the bulbs. A second group, also from Dick, got the same treatment except
that their pots were never buried in the ground and I ran out of potting soil
while potting them, so they have a lot of Virginia red dirt in the pots rather
than potting soil enriched with manure. They are doing much less well, though
they are more recent. I decided that I needed to improve my culture, so I
have buried the pots with a manure top dressing this year. We'll see.


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