Caladiums: start early before vacation, or wait and plant direct?

linnea56(z5 IL)March 21, 2012

I just bought my caladiums a few days ago. I was about to start them indoors on heat mats, which is what I have done the last 2 years. Even though I used the heat mats, it seems to take forever to get them started: maybe they just wait until it gets good and hot outside anyway.

But then I realized...I might take a trip for a week or 10 days in May. I do not think I can ask anyone to baby sit my caladiums: it will be enough if they watch my garden for me.

Am I better off just waiting til early June, then planting them directly in the pots? I use these in pots of mixed annuals. If I wait, should I keep the bulbs in a cool or a warmer place?

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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

I think (I'm not so good with caladiums) that they will not sprout in the bag like some other bulbs unless they are warm and damp, so I would just wait. They seem to grow much much faster if you just wait till its warm out.

Are they packed dry or in sorta moist peat? I would avoid storing them in a warm spot either way.

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