It's been a minute, hasn't it? In the past couple of months, we've been busy getting the new vegetable garden ready...and, as usual, it's taken a lot longer than we anticipated. But we are almost at the finish line. So exciting!
|11 new beds plus a good 3" layer|
of chunky wood chips in the paths....
We also decided to take a much needed vacation at the beginning of September - and we all know how that goes. A one week vacation actually eats up 3 weeks when you take into account the amount of time spent getting ready for the vacation, going on the vacation, then catching up after the vacation 😎.
A garden renovation post is on the way, likely when the garden is put to bed. Todays post is about something I did just this morning - digging up the caladiums. I've never grown nor overwintered them before so figured a little bloggy journal entry was in order.
I purchased a generous pot of Proven Winners Heart to Heart 'White Wonder' caladiums back in May and they have lived in a pot by my front porch ever since. They stayed on the small side until mid-summer when they finally poked their heads out of the surrounding annuals as if to say 'here I am!'
For the past week or so the nights have been getting cooler so it was time to pull them up. My plan is to overwinter the tubers so that I can plant them up again next year.
|Tubers dug up|
One thing that I did not know about caladiums is that the sap can be irritating - using gloves when digging and trimming them is a good idea.
I did a bit of research and, as is usually the case with things like this, I saw differing opinions on how to prepare them for curing. Some said to dig them up, then cut off both the roots and the stems.
|I gently shook most of the soil off to reveal the tuber|
Other sites said to leave everything intact and cut everything off only after the tubers had cured. Well, I decided to do a hybrid. I cut off the roots, but left the leaves on.
|Roots cut off to within about a cm of the tuber,|
so as not to damage it.
Since we always leave leaves (hee hee!) to die down on bulbs so that they supply them with as much energy as possible, I figured I would do the same for the caladium. I then placed the tubers on a few sheets of newspaper in our spare room. The windows in this room are south facing & if I leave the blinds open, it heats up quite a bit during the day creating the perfect temperature for them to cure, which takes 3-4 weeks. Just a note, though, that the tubers themselves are in a corner of the room that does not receive direct sunlight...I want them to cure, not bake!
|In a warm room to cure|
One final note - caladiums are toxic to both pets and humans which means it's important to keep these away from children, both the two and four legged kind 😁