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  Re: Caladium bulbs shrinking ?
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.07.15 at 20:47:31(5129)
Dear Les,

Just different points of view---here in Florida I can and do buy tubers
directly AT the growers offices in Lake Placid for a very small sum, and
plant them in the ground here in W.P.B., and do enjoy them all summer long,
wish you could see them out side my house in beds NOW!!! BUT---comes
fall, and I want to plant Impatiens of some other 'winter' annual in these
same beds. You BETTER dig up the Caladium tubers, or when they feel the
effect of fert. and water in any warm period of our 'winter' between say
Oct. and May/June, (when the Impatiens begin to melt in the Florida heat),
the Caladiums will begin to grow BETWEEN the Impatiens or other winter
annuals, and what a horrible sight this makes! SO---I dig my tubers up in
say Oct., which is a quick and easy job here due to the nature of my sandy
soil, put them in labeled paper bags in my unheated garage, and forget about
them till around May of the following year, and when the Impatiens begin to
look bad, I remember my Caladium tubers, check them out, and invariably they
have begun to 'sprout', and in the beds they go!!

Different strokes for different folks, based on local conditions and needs!



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