When To Move Outdoor Caladium Plants Inside

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Caladium are tropical natives that thrive indoors our out in warm weather, and moist conditions. Once the plant has been growing for about 8 months it will begin to wilt and die back as part of its natural cycle. In cold climates when kept outdoors, the fall months of September through November will trigger sudden complete wilting in the plant.

If nighttime temperatures in your area are beginning to regularly dip below 55 degrees, it is time to dig the plants up, cut off the foliage, and bring the bulb indoors.


 

How To Save Caladium Bulbs Indoors:

Bulbs can be saved from year to year by dusting them lightly in an antifungal powder like the common athlete’s foot powder you can pick up at your local drugstore. Once the bulb has been dusted, you can store it in a paper bag or container filled with sphagnum moss. Store your bulb containers in a cool dark place between 50 and 60 degrees.

In the late Spring bring them back out to the garden and plant them again for another year of tropical foliage.  For added impact, try adding them to a water garden container or pond.

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Six Great Water Garden Plants You Can Find Anywhere

Cultivating water gardens can seem more difficult than it is.  The perfect plants to start your water garden may be no further away than a trip to your local big box store.  Before you put too much thought into purchasing rare plants for your pond,  take a look at these garden center classics that will thrive in your pond, and make you look like a water gardening genius when you combine them!

Common Garden Center Plants That Love Water Gardens:

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Canna Lily                          Creeping Jenny                               Hibiscus


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Elephant Ears                             Iris                                     Zebra Grass

All of these plants are perennial when cared for properly, and while the Elephant Ears must be moved indoors in cold winter climates along with the rhizome root system of the Canna lily to preserve them for the next year, they are all easily cared for.  Plant these plants in containers that you place in your garden to ensure that the root systems of the hardier plants (like the Iris and Zebra Grass) don’t latch onto the pebble bottom of your pond.


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