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Is Caladium an Annual??

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Joined: 3/17/2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 31
Posted: Apr/05/2008 4:09 PM PST

I didn't think that they were? But the big box store (HD) is selling them as annuals? I'm in zone 8b. I was thinking they would look great under my tree but I didn't think I would have to replace them every year.

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Joined: 7/26/2006
Location: Lake Champlain Valley
Posts: 9121
Posted: Apr/05/2008 4:44 PM PST

From Wikipedia:

They are hardy only to USDA plant hardiness zone 10; in colder areas, they are typically grown as tender bulbs or as houseplants.

You could dig them up and store them over the winter.
fairygarden blog photos
Joined: 3/17/2008
Location: SC
Posts: 2104
Posted: Apr/06/2008 7:12 PM PST

Oh they are definitely annuals here in SC.
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Joined: 3/28/2008
Location: Lancaster, SC
Posts: 16643
Posted: Apr/10/2008 5:00 AM PST

I've had them to come back when they were well-mulched and we had a mild winter. This year I don't think I mulched enough, for I haven't seen a sign of its return. I had the most gorgeous red, ruffly variety. I could just kick myself for not digging them up in time.
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