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Wake up, caladium! vol. 2
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Wake up, caladium! vol. 2

So, do you have your bulbs from last year? Or did you order a new ones? Last spring I wrote a few words about how to wake up your bulbs , so you can check the main rules there. This year I’ve decided to expand this article. Below you can find tips both for reviving your tubers and putting fresh tubers into different mediums. Do you need Caladium in your life this year? Hmmm…look and decide:

Bulbs from last year

Reviving, step by step

  1. Prepare :
    • gardening gloves, gardening tools if you don’t want to use your hands, labels to sign your flowerpots
    • production pots – always use a pot with drainage,
    • sprouting soil or sphagnum moss or perlite,
    • food wrap or a greenhouse or a plastic box,
  2. Take your bulbs from the soil/winter packaging.
  3. Clean them gently with a soft brush. Check for any signs of rot. They can be crispy or firm, but if they are mushy, throw them away. If your bulbs are still big (they are probably a lot smaller though, because they lost a lot of water over winter) you can cut the spoiled parts and treat the wounds with antifungal spray.

PERLITE

Reviving or potting, step by step

  1. PERLITE: fill the pot with perlite and put each tuber on top.
  2. Put the pots in the box and fill the box with lukewarm water till 1/3.
  3. Cover the box with a lid. Put it in a light, warm place, but not in front of the window or direct sunlight.
  4. Check every week if the water level is still 1/3. If not, refill the water. Do not pour directly through the perlite, it can cause tubers to rot.

SPHAGNUM MOSS

Reviving or potting, step by step

  1. SHAGNUM MOSS: pour warm water over the moss, let it soak in, excerpt it so that it is moist, but the water does not drip from it.
  2. Fill the pot with moss.
  3. Put the tuber on the top nice and cozy.
  4. Put them in the greenhouse or in the box and cover it with a lid.
  5. Air for an hour every day. Check if the moss is still moist. If not, use spray to water it. Don’t pour water directly, it can cause tubers to rot as well.

SOIL

Reviving, step by step

  1. SOIL: Put the soil into the pots up to 1/3 of their height. Put the tuber in the ground, fill the pot with soil. The tuber should be 5-8 cm below the surface. Also, the tuber should not stick out.
  2. Put the pots in the greenhouse, in the box or put the food wrap over the pots.
  3. Water them with lukewarm water once a week. Every time put your finger in the soil and check if it is dry and ready to water :).
  4. Be patient! The tubers need some time to restore their energy, therefore they need time. If you have more questions, please put them in the comment section.

Don’ts

Be careful

  1. Don’t use cold or very warm water. Tubers, especially last year’s, are very sensitive and need gentle treatment.
  2. Do not pour litres of water straight into the pot. Tubers can rot. So it is best to water with a watering can with a strainer.
  3. Don’t dig in the soil after a week. You are not a mole. But, if you are impatient, try sphagnum moss or perlite and transparent pots. Then you can observe growth of the roots.

Thanks for reading! And if you find this article helpful – tell your friend about it and share it :).

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