Colorful and exotic, are Caladiums (Caladium bicolor) for their colorful foliage, even the shadiest of gardens illuminated grown. Fancy-leaved types with large heart-shaped leaves on long stems and strap-or lance-leaved types with smaller leaves on short stems: This Brazilian natives come in two basic types. Both types of Caladiums be handled in the same way in the winter.
In the warmest regions of the country, such as South Florida and Southern California continue to grow caladium tubers in the winter and should water them and feed as normal. There is no need to dig up the tubers, or give them a rest, even if they go silent, in which case you can leave the tubers in the garden.
In parts of the country where Caladiums asleep naturally but the soil temperature does not go below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, as central Florida, will not have to spend the winter outdoors without damage, and the tubers are dug up and stored indoors.
All other regions
In all other areas of the country, must caladium tubers dug up inside when they take the winter stored. The University of Florida recommends dig the tubers when the foliage begins to yellow and droop.
Caladium winter storage
After digging the tubers so they dry for at least a week in a protected area where the temperature does not drop below 60 degrees. As all bulbs look the same when they are dry, the bulbs by color or variety, sort disappears completely before the leaves. Once the foliage has dried, cut the dried leaves of the bulbs. Wipe the tubers with a fungicide and then store the tubers in dry peat, sawdust or vermiculite in a well ventilated, 60 – to 70-degree range. Some gardeners store the tubers in onion bags or old socks. Check the Caladiums occasionally and remove all have softened or appear moldy.
Caladiums in containers
Caladiums in containers need not be dug. Once the plants to fade and static start to withhold water to induce a complete dormancy. Move the container to a basement or other area where winter temperatures stay above 60 degrees. Cleaning away any remains of plants out of the top of the container, to prevent disease or overwintering insects. In the spring, water tank top dress with organic matter such as compost and again. Plants can be moved back outside when temperatures remain above 60 degrees at night.