|Plant Name||Storage and Growing Tips|
|Caladium Caladium bicolor||Overwinters well packed in peat moss at 50 to 60 degrees (a little warmer than most bulbs prefer); tubers come in graded sizes — choose large size for best results; start in house or greenhouse to extend growing time and size.|
|Canna Canna roman||Very easy to store; rhizomes overwinter well in cardboard box covered with newspaper, no need to use peat moss; start early for best size and bloom.|
|Dahlia Dahlia hybrids||Overwinters well packed in peat moss; check tuberous roots once a month for dehydration and mist with water if necessary; to divide, split tubers away from the stem.|
|Elephant’s ear Alocasia spp.||Overwinter as houseplant in pots; if you’ve grown them in the ground, lift and pot up before first frost; feed regularly and water often over the winter.|
|Gladiola Gladiolus hybrids||Overwinters well packed in peat moss; save the little corms that form around the mother corm to grow; stake as you plant so you don’t damage new corms as they form.|
|Glory lily Gloriosa superba||Overwinters well packed in peat moss; check tuberous roots regularly for soft spots. Cut away any you find and let the root dry before storing it in fresh peat moss; plant the root flat and just below the soil surface.|
|Magic lily Amaryllis belladonna||Some are winter hardy to zone 5; bulbs overwinter well packed in peat moss.|
|Summer hyacinth Galtonia candicans||Bulbs overwinter well packed in peat moss.|
|Taro Colocasia esculenta||Overwinters well packed in peat moss; check tubers regularly for soft spots; cut away any bad areas and let the tuber dry before packing in fresh peat moss; needs regular watering when it’s planted.|
Issue 59 Save Your Summer Bulbs
In the overwintering bulbs story in issue 59, I shared my method of digging tender bulbs in the fall and storing them indoors over winter. And I’m not just saving the bulbs, I’m also saving money, since I don’t have to replace them every year. Here are some tips for some of my favorites.
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