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#1 User is offline   ginkonut 

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 06:10 PM

Hi All,

My Mini Caladium Humbolti seems to be going to sleep...the leaves are getting so small like my fingernails' size.

Is it going dormant?

Is there anything i should do? or i just continue the watering during this sleepy stage?

When it disappears ...do i still water the soil? how often do i do that?

Thanks in advance!
Ginko
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 10:30 AM

yes it is going to sleep....
i just water mine as usual.
but dont over water it.
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 10:57 AM

Hi Ginko,
I am started to grow caladium recently.
My collection of caladium is also sprouting less frequently with the leaves getting smaller and smaller...to the size of my finger nails!
I had suspected that they are gg into dormancy.

I wonder if Feb to June is the month of dormancy period for caladium...
Didn't really know what to do if they do go to sleep.

Thanks Pino, for your advice.
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 11:16 AM

Dormant caladiums will re-sprout after many weeks or even months depending on varieties as long as you remember to water the soil every few days.

Last year I thought I lost my Caladium humboldtii when all the leaves turned yellow. 2 months later, new leaves began sprouting during rainy season. I even have many old Caladium bicolor sprouting to life again (after 6-12 months) periodically in pots where I have already grown new plants. I didn't dig out the caladium tubers when I recycled the soil to grow new plants.
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 01:27 PM

I c i c....

I read from some website that some growers will take out the tubers, clean them and wrap with newspaper (moist) during their dormancy period. During Spring time, they will repot them again.

But I was confused because my caladiums dun seem to follow the 4 seasons cycle...haha...
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:53 PM

Hmmmm..i dont think there is any fixed period of dormancy...cos i have another pot that is still giving me nice good leaves!

I think i will just leave them in the pot and water as per Pino's & Wisteria's advice.


yes, i read about digging them out and putting them away for awhile..for me, that's too risky..i might just forget about them permanently! :hysterical:/>

Cheers!
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