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Old 09-28-2014, 09:30 AM
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Hey, when should I dig up caladiums? Before frost? I've never messed with them much, till this year. How cold if a temp can they stand? Thanks, any hell is appreciated.
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Tess, my grandmother says she brings hers indoors before frost and keeps the tubers inside of a pair of panty hose, storing them above 55 F until next spring when she puts them out again. She says she lets them mostly dry out over the winter months, soil-free.


There are other ways to keep them successfully though and not just one method. I'm just sharing what my nanny does.
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Tess1893 View Post:
Hey, when should I dig up caladiums? Before frost? I've never messed with them much, till this year. How cold if a temp can they stand? Thanks, any hell is appreciated.
I always dig them before the first frost. I cut the leaves off and just throw them in a cardboard box with no dirt in the house. Then I plant them in the greenhouse when I start everything else in the spring. This year, I am doing something different though. I cut the leaves off when I dug them two weeks ago and put them in a pot of dirt in my laundry room in front of my East facing window and watered them and I have bunches of new leaves popping up now. I heard that you can grow them in the house so, that's what I am trying this year.
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:43 PM
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Dig up when the leaves die off, take the tubers out of the soil and let them air dry. Once dry store in a paper bag or something that will let them breathe, don't store in plastic that will cause them to rot. Keep in a cool, dry and dark place, once the danger of frost is past in your area plant up in fresh soil and place outside.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:05 PM
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Thanks y'all, I usually don't plant stuff I have to dig up the tubers of. These I want to save cause they were just beautiful and multiplied so well. I may try doing it both ways some in a pot and some dried in a bag just to see which way I like the best. Thanks so much, yall are great.
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Trying it both ways sounds like a great comparative study, please let us know how they do each way.

I hold my Caladium tubers dormant each winter - I let them dry off, and clean them up, just as mickeys_rose described, and then I give them a dusting of powdered cinnamon (which acts as a fungicide) and store them nestled in crumpled newspaper.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:18 AM
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Hmmmm, do different varieties die down at different times?
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