caladium bulbs

Asked September 22, 2020, 4:15 PM EDT

Hello- Thank you for your terrific service. I have used you on many occasions and will continue to. Caladiums- I usually overwinter the bulbs by digging them up and storing in the garage until spring. I recently saw a web site that mentioned overwintering in the pots. This sounds too good to be true. It said to store them in a somewhat dark location and water once a month. Is this an option or am I committed to the digging up ritual? I am not holding my breath. Thank you again and I look forward to your answer. Patti

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Here is our page on digging and storing tender bulbs including caladiums. If you decide to dig, do not wash the soil from the bulbs before storing. Store these bulbs in clumps on a slightly moistened layer of peat moss or sawdust in a cool place. Rinse clean and separate them just before planting next spring. See more information https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/bulbs

You will find several references that offer tips on storing bulbs and some variations in storing. Here is a link from Illinois https://web.extension.illinois.edu/tropicalpunch/overwintering.cfm?iframe=true&width=95%252525&a...
We agree, there is not a lot of information on storing in pots. If the Caladiums have been grown outdoors in pots, you can try and overwinter them indoors (while dormant) in their pots, providing you offer them the same conditions as a dug tuber. It is up to you if you want to experiment.

Marian