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Searcy, AR
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2012
7:49 PM

Post #9086934

I planted my caladiums and elephant ear bulbs about a month ago they haven't came up yet . Does it need to be warmer? It's been in the 70 to 80's during the day and as low as 45 at night
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2012
8:10 PM

Post #9086956

It needs to be now lower than about 60 degrees at night. 45 is much too cold. I don't know anything about your area, but I don't give as much credence to the air temp as the soil temp. My soils don't warm up soon enough, so I start indoors in containers.

Caladiums planted about a month ago are starting to sprout and grow. Still awaiting an elephant ear to sprout. It has been so warm that I take the kids outside for a romp :) during the day and then put them to bed in my kitchen at night. I can't wait for warm nights!

Searcy, AR
(Zone 7b)

April 18, 2012
7:50 PM

Post #9088285

So are the bulbs wasted ? Do they rot in the ground ? Do I just wait it out for warmer weather? It is mostly shaded there also. When I planted them it was in the 60's at night but it has gotten cooler since then. That's Arkansas weather for you.

April 19, 2012
1:39 AM

Post #9088454

You could check some to see if any rot has started. If not I'd just keep them dry where they are until the weather warms up. Dry soil is a good insulator, wet soil isn't.
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2012
7:41 AM

Post #9088761

I'd take them out and put them in a pot. Soil in the shade takes longer to warm up and doesn't dry out too quickly, unless you live in Connecticut and it hasn't rained a good rain in weeks.

If they have rotten, get new bulbs.
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 30, 2012
7:31 PM

Post #9188201

Regina, were you able to save them?

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