How well do caladiums grow in South Ms?

sugarcreekMay 8, 2006

I am relocating from south Florida to south Ms. in a few months. My favorite plants are caladiums and my yard is full of all kinds. Because of our warm climate I never take my bulbs up during the winter. I think that will be different in Ms.

Do caladiums grow well in S. Ms? Will I need to take the bulbs up in the winter? Are there some types of caladiums that will grow better there? Talked to a co-worker and she lives in N. Ms and she said caladiums are only pot plants and NOT yard plants where she lives. Please tell me that is not true about S. Ms. Any help will be grately appreciated.

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tamivileine(z8b OS,MS, US)

Not true

Caladiums do fine in the ground, and mine even survived 24' of salty water...

sea ya

    Bookmark   May 8, 2006 at 9:07AM
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greenelbows1(z9--so LA)

Here in So LA they do a little better and last longer if you take them up and let them ripen in the fall, and store for a few months. I was told that and didn't get around to it, and they came back the next year but not as many, and then the year after that there were a few small ones. Maybe this year I'll dig 'em. Maybe.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2006 at 11:50PM
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I am also in South Louisiana Z9. Most, but not all, do come back the next year but are always smaller and eventually just fade away. I would recommend digging them up each year and storing properly with fungicide and all that stuff. There are many sites that detail the proper procedure so I won't go into that here. Our rule is to plant them in April each year.

Here is a link that might be useful: Personal Garden Logs

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 1:11PM
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greenelbows1(z9--so LA)

I thought about this post when I was watching Louis Miller talk about caladiums from Baton Rouge today. It occurred to me the difference with keeping caladiums in the ground here as opposed to Florida might be soil type. My understanding is soils in Florida are sandy--maybe not all, but most, right? Our soils are mostly very heavy clay. The drainage in winter, in Florida, and lack of it here, would have a lot to do with how well they over-wintered I'm sure.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2006 at 11:41PM
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