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Hostas, Caladium in NW New Mexico

Posted by woosmom (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 25, 06 at 12:13

Anyone have any luck growing hostas or caladium in NW New Mexico? I planted a gaggle of hosta and caladium bulbs this year on Easter and there are no signs of life (i.e., nothing is popping through the soil). The soil is clay enriched with garden soil, lots of mulch, and yum-yum.

In reading through other posts, I am wondering if I have killed the patch (too much water? not enough? did I plant too early?). Any advice is appreciated.


Cori - The Challenged New Mexico Gardener

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RE: Hostas, Caladium in NW New Mexico

I've had good luck with hosta that have an East exposure and shade during the afternoon. They get regular water, I do let the surface dry before watering again. Mine that have been established for a few years are just popping through the ground, so yours might still be waiting a bit. I'd give them at least a couple more weeks before giving up on 'em.

I've never had caladiums grow. I planted a bunch of them in my "shade bed" and they never even sprouted - I have a ligularia and a japanese painted fern back in the same area, and they do great there. I think I may have tried hosta back there too, and they didn't work - might be TOO shady there for some things.

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