Help me grow caladiums! I WANT them!
I checked out a different Home Depot today. This time I canÂt even pretend it was on my way to anything. Though I did justify the trip by returning one dahlia that no longer went with my evolving color scheme, plus doing a little practical shopping afterward. (heyÂwhatever works!)
This one had all the same lilies, fewer dahlias, and what they did have for dahlias those was the same as the other store. But: what was different was lots of varieties of caladiums. This time I did get them. What tipped the balance was seeing that the tubers (corms?) were much larger than the duds I had before. Most are around 2 inches, some are larger, though irregular.
I bought a bag of 18 White Christmas (white and green), and 7 "John Peed", (green and red). I am planning on red and white tuberous begonias in some of my deck pots; I think the caladiums should look fantastic with them. Some were actually a bit sprouted already, which I found encouraging. I bought a Black Magic Colocasia (elephant ear) too: pretty pricey, but as long as I can keep it over, I can justify it. Those bulbs were much smaller than the green kind, but I guess the plant is shorter too.
I bought some peat pots to start the caladiums inside. Or am I better of laying them in a flat of potting soil? Should I allow like a month? Memorial Day is our usual planting-out date in this zone. Sometimes I do it a bit earlier. I usually start the dahlias in Mid-April.
If anyone has some good advice for me, let me know. I really want this to work this time!