Hi everyone, I'm usually a lurker and have decided to come out of the "shadows" :)
Has anyone ever had caladiums come back after being left in the ground over winter? I thought that they were tropicals that only liked soil that is warmer than like 70 degrees. The reason that I'm asking is because just down from my office, in the middle of a bed of purple pansies in the median at 20th Street N & 1st Avenue N in Birmingham (in front of the old Bromberg's for those familiar with the area), there are a bunch of mostly red caladiums that have come up, and I'm 99% sure are the same ones that were there last summer...plus there ain't no way that anyone decided to plant red caladiums in the middle of purple pansies :). I just got a kick out of it and wondered if anyone else had ever had a similar experience. Maybe it was just a fluke where the soil stays warmer since they are planted in the road median.
Anyways, I'm bummed because I was hoping to get to meet some of ya'll at the Spring Swap in a few weeks, but I won't get to make it because the family is celebrating my Grandma's birthday...and as much as I love plants and gardening, celebrating another birthday at her age is a true blessing and I wouldn't miss it for the world! Looking forward to the fall swap though!