Who knew how durable caladiums really were

Photo shows 3 varieties of the 5 Quail Valley Garden Club offers in their pre-sale. Other varieties are pink and white. http://traction.typepad.com/QVGC

Lasting summer color. The Quail Valley Garden Club has been working on a demonstration of caladium bulbs for six years. When they started, they never guessed that Mother Nature would provide so many weather records for this demonstration! Record temperature and number of days over 95° F as well as over 100° F with high humidity and low rainfall has been tough on our gardens; but our pictures demonstrate that caladiums perform heat, drought, and heavy rain.

How well do bulbs last for more than one growing season? In general, first-season growth is more lush. Supplementing bulbs works well if winters are mild and not too wet. A fall caladium garden, member Joan Fox has been having great success supplementing caladiums past the normal spring planting season. Because of the warmth, the bulbs come up quickly and last until frost. Joan sets aside some bulbs and plants where she needs color.

Fall is an excellent time to inventory for next summer’s color needs. Consider caladiums in areas you may have had trouble finding color plants to grow such as under trees. We offer five varieties including a new red strap that is smaller and great for borders. You can save money by pre-ordering.  Bulbs are 70 cents per bulb plus volume discounts available if ordered by October 31.

Contact Nancy Lindsay at 281 499-2047. Order now, pay during March delivery. You can see pictures and learn their full results by visiting their full demonstration story. They also have planting information, how to store for winter, and guides for in-ground and containers. http://traction.typepad.com/qvgc/plant-sale.html

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