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Need Cold hardy caladium - zone6a

Posted by kris2001 6a (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 20, 09 at 18:59

Is there a Caladium that for sure is hardy in z6 here in s.e.PA? If so which one? If so is there a mix too?

Pls suggest where to get one?
I dont wanna store the tubers in winter...just love for it to come again and again !
Tks--Kris in s.e.PA

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RE: Need Cold hardy caladium - zone6a

No, not available. They're a sub-tropical plant. Digging and storing are not hard. Dig before frost, let them dry on some newspaper or cardboard for a few days, clean off direct, put in a shoebox in the basement, +/- 65 degrees.

RE: Need Cold hardy caladium - zone6a

There is a plant that I grow called Arum italicum pictum. It's dark green with white veins and evergreen. It looks tropical. I grow it in zone 6 without it being aggresive. I've heard others complain about that.

It likes shade like the caladium. It's one of my favorite plants.


Here is a link that might be useful: Arum italicum pictum

RE: Need Cold hardy caladium - zone6a

I grow Arum too, but they come up in the fall, stand all winter, bloom in the spring and then go dormant until fall when you see their seed stalks. Great plant, but not a great substitute for caladiums.

I am not certain that it is winter hardy, but Calla bulbs might be a suitable substitute for caladiums in your area and would enjoy similar growing conditions. The white calla called "Crowborough" is supposed to be the most winter hardy type. I saw it offered by Arrowhead Alpines.

You have only two choices: pick another plant or dig your caladium bulbs each year (#3 buy new caladium bulbs each year) :)

RE: Need Cold hardy caladium - zone6a

Yes, in zone 6 they come up in September and die down in the heat of summer. It's a good trade for me, because so much more is growing when they aren't and vice-versa.

Here they bloom in May or June. The seed spathe is present in August and September.

Glad you pointed that out, DB. I didn't even think about it. My brain is frozen - 2 more inches of snow today.

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