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Linda03-Jun-02 01:06 PM EST 5b   
Julie03-Jun-02 01:38 PM EST 5b   
Linda03-Jun-02 01:59 PM EST 5b   
Julie03-Jun-02 05:59 PM EST 5b   
Joanne03-Jun-02 08:59 PM EST 5a   
Linda04-Jun-02 12:54 PM EST 5b   


Subject: Help with Caladiums (Araceae)
From: Linda
Zone: 5b
Date: 03-Jun-02 01:06 PM EST

I would like to grow caladiums in a shady spot. Could someone confirm that they are indeed perennials and will survive the cold winters. I would also like to know whether the vibrant color would be effected from lack of sun.


Subject: RE: Help with Caladiums (Araceae)
From: Julie
Zone: 5b
Date: 03-Jun-02 01:38 PM EST

Linda - caladiums grow from tubers and these have to be lifted from the soil before any frost gets to them, then replanted the following spring when the soil is warm. (the same as dahalias) I planted mine a couple weeks ago, but no sign of life yet and I am thinking I perhaps put in before the soil was warm enough!


Subject: RE: Help with Caladiums (Araceae)
From: Linda
Zone: 5b
Date: 03-Jun-02 01:59 PM EST

Thanks Julie. Did not realise that they have to be lifted each fall. Could you suggest a perennial that will work as a backdrop against a wall? I have prepared a new flower bed and other than dafodils it is empty


Subject: RE: Help with Caladiums (Araceae)
From: Julie
Zone: 5b
Date: 03-Jun-02 05:59 PM EST

Hi Linda - I would recommend using either hosta(s) or astilibe(s). Astilibes come in various sizes and colours (their plumes) and also bloom at different times. Both hostas and astilibes look great planted together. Also you might want to consider bleeding hearts - the bush - it comes in pink or white. If slugs are a problem in your area - the BLue Mammoth hosta is slug proof!!!!! Gotta love it! There are lots of shade loving perennials that you could plant against the wall, having something in bloom throughtout the season. Do you need tall/short or in between plants?


Subject: RE: Help with Caladiums (Araceae)
From: Joanne
Zone: 5a
Date: 03-Jun-02 08:59 PM EST

I grow caladiums in pots to put on my porch in the summer. They do keep their color in full shade. Last year I tried to overwinter the tubers, but they rotted. This year I bought new tubers from White Rose in March and started them indoors. I found that they don't like cool temperatures so I don't recommend they go outside until the temps are about 20 degrees.(Or bring them in at night). This fall I'm going to bring them inside and keep them as house plants over the winter.


Subject: RE: Help with Caladiums (Araceae)
From: Linda
Zone: 5b
Date: 04-Jun-02 12:54 PM EST

Thank you Julie, Will try a combination of Hostas and Astilibes. I do need something of medium height.

Thanks Joanne, I would like to avoid having to worry about my plants too much. Will look for other alternatives. Do not have much place for any more houseplants (unless we sleep in the garage!)


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