Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 07:43 pm
Since I no longer have a real garden I garden on my deck. Recently I was looking at bulbs and I thought wow Caladiums. It says on the package that these are "ideal" for planting in pots but I am unsure. Does anyone out there have experience with Caladiums in pots. Any and all suggestions for other plants are most welcome.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 07:47 pm
I don't have experience with Caladiums, but I've seen them in containers all over the city here.
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 07:52 pm
How big k, I mean are they those gigantic kind or the kind that would fit on an apartment balcony?
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 08:54 pm
I guess it would depend on what variety you got. Is the bulb labeled?
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 09:28 pm
Yes they say to plant at 6" and I can get bigger pots than I already have just not gigantic. I am wondering how tough the root system would be would the break the pots. I used to have them in my garden in VA but that was in the ground. They are great for shade which I why I thought of them but they like melt at the first frost. You know I will be able to plant outside at the end of Feb. down here.

I have not bought any yet wanted to hear other opinions first.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 09:29 pm
Plant the bulb 6" under the surface? Hmm...
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 09:32 pm
I know you wanted personal experience and that you could find this online yourself (maybe already have), but this site looks pretty informative:


caladium world
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 09:36 pm
Looks like they're good in pots, but you'll have to water the heck out of it.....
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 09:36 pm
Thanks, great site. Yes I did want to hear from other who had planted them in containers and maybe some will come along. For now this site will be of great help.

And it is I am going to subscribe and order from them. Yikes I didn't know there were different sizes. The colors are so facinating to me. So gentle and will create the feeling of coolness on hot Texas days I think. I plan to paint outside this spring and summer. That reminds me how are the water colors going.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 10:13 pm
I haven't taken any new steps. Still mulling process in my head and thinking about what to paint next.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 10:18 pm
you also may want to check into plant toxicity if you think the lil furballs may be interested in munching on your plants.
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Sublime
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 10:25 pm
Caladium do well in pots, but like most container plants, need plenty of water. it may not be a bad idea to let them sit in a dish of water.

Lots of options on those plants too.
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babsatamelia
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 10:37 pm
I have had WONDERFUL results with caladiums in
pots and all types. They can't tolerate full sun
but they do well in mixed sun/shade.
I am considering doing a container rose garden
this summer.
It is always such a chore to care for them in our
sandy soil - living on an island has its drawbacks,
I believe if I can find the right mix of potting soil,
vermiculite and even add some clay perhaps - to
help retain those Ortho Rose Feed & Bug pellets
that I will have success or at least more success
than I usually have ...... and I had a huge rose
bed at one time. The amount of work was truly
phenomenal. So, I am giving it one more try,
because I adore Double Delight, and a few others
whose names I can't think of right now because in
addition to their stunning beauty, their scent is
magnificent. I have also seen them grow well in the
Washington State Pk near St Augustine, but it is
clear that they are planted in raised beds - so that
obviously our sandy soil is simply not adequate no
matter how much they get fed, it runs right through
the ground, from a good rain, or even a good watering.
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jan, 2003 11:35 pm
Sublime and Babs thank you I am really getting ready for a bloomin balcony this year. Really it is going to be hard to choose the web site little k provided is full of great ideas.
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