I bought two boxes of caladium bulbs from Sam's Club, and never got around to planting them. By the time I retrieved them, most were mush. I squeezed for the hard ones, and, having no place ready and nothing to lose, I stuck them into a huge cup planter sitting on my patio table.
I have never enjoyed caladiums so much!
These are the white ones with green stripes. I only planted a few bulbs, but the flowers seem to have multiplied, cause I was never without a beautiful scene out my den window! I seriously want to do them again next spring, more of them, and in more locations. They seemed to do much better under the shade of the patio cover than out in full sun, though. The leaves were always deeply colored, and not faded.
I'd like to put them around one of my oak trees on the front lawn, as well as in a flowerbed under the front window. There are some youpon holly hedges in the bed, and the caladiums could go beneath them, perhaps?
Any comments on when and where to place them would be helpful, and much appreciated. My house faces EAST.
Gymgirl, I bet you could plant them. I know they aren't very cold hardy, but I'm 90% sure they should be hardy where you are. They are gorgeous, aren't they? A lot of bang for a little bulb!
I have so many bulbs, from voodoo lilies, to daffodils to others, I ahve no more ROOM! Although I do wish I could squeeze in more.
I will be planting just 15 Darwin tulips they are all the same and will blend with the others I already have planted in clumps of three to five bulbs. They are all in the red shades some have yellow edges while others are solid red I get a lot of compliments on them. Picked them up at Menards for a very resonable price.
This is the begonia: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/195380/
The white caladiums are 'Candidum' and the colored ones something else that I can't remember.
I sometimes save the caladiums, but not always...I've found that they're not as big after a few years up here since I have to keep them in pots. I mostly treat them as annuals...the coleus too...they're both cheap and give a huge bang for your buck.
Yes, I plant spring flowering bulbs.
Daffodils, the plain yellow ones.
Tulips, mainly the multiflowering kind, plus others.
Alliums, Purple Sensation, small white ones, and allium moly, the yellow flowering one.
Foxtail Lily roots and a few Irises.
I plan to dig in some more daffs to naturalize in my outer reaches. I live at the edge of the Skagit Valley and am fortunate to enjoy the gorgeous tulip fields on my way to the nursery, so I don't mess with them in my own yard (not too fond of the end foliage and the field mice love the bulbs).
I wanted the Billy Graham daffodil but they are too expensive for my blood. I will check out Lowe's soon. I gave up on tulips; the squirrels just can't be stopped. I may try some caladiums at the museum next spring but not at my house. I live 1,000 feet higher than town and they just don't do well here.
These 2 answers are too similiar to pick one.
Yes, I'm planting spring blooming bulbs. (what kinds?) Yes, I'm adding to my collection and can't wait to see them bloom.
they question are you planting any bulbs "yet"...NO not yet it's not cool enough here, usually Oct into Nov I do bulb planting so
YES I am adding to my collection of spring blooming bulbs, more tulips and daffs and reticulated iris
i'm in 9a and my Caladiums are planted underneath the Redcedars and in large clay pots under my overhangs. (no water in winter that way) they've survived 17 degrees for several weeks and downright all winter long cold many times. they come back better and better every year.
I am awaiting the white flower farm's daffodil collection The Works. I also have left over daffodils from my founder's day table. My son enlarged several garden beds this past summer and dug a few new ones. I had intended to revitalize my existing daffs but these new beds are spectacular and called out for masses of Daffodils. Went with WFF because my membership with Mass Hort society included a 25 dollar gift certificate. I also will be putting in many hyacinth and crocus as well.
the only bulb planting i will be doing is to move some crowded elephant ears. the leaves are coming small now, so i want to replant them before the rains taper off for the dry season. have fun planting those Spring-time beauties, i miss them!
Like many here ,waiting for winter? Fall is a nice time of year with rain ,Mums in bloom ,Hibiscus ,Morning glory vines.Dry season has passed it seems and somewhat soggy cool weather for fall is here, and one begins to hope for best with another season ending and another spring then awaited with anticipation (sigh).
You can almost hear the music playing with the photo film, with the spring bulbs beginning to flower,and watching the live time lapse photography .
I have had squirrels dig up tulips and eat them, but not the other bulbs. Although, come to think of it, my lily bulbs never made it and then one come up surprisingly this year.
I wonder if the squirrels also eat hyacinths? Anyone had experience with that?
I know they will ,chipmunks and voles ate most of my Hyacinths last year! Thank heavens the bulbs still have tiny bulbs that the critters miss while they are chewing through that bloom the the same in time.