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Bring house plants, caladium bulbs indoors now

Caladium Tribune News Service

▪ Now is the time to begin moving house plants indoors. Do this to prevent exposure to frost, which will severely damage most tropical house plants. Check for insect and disease problems, and treat them before you move the plants inside.

▪ Dig up caladium bulbs now. Store in a paper bag in a cool, dry location. Be sure to mark the bags with the variety or leaf color for planting in the spring.

▪ It is too late to seed warm-season grasses such as Bermuda and Centipede. Use winter rye instead, then seed warm-season grasses in May. It is still OK to sod lawns.

▪ To prevent yellowing leaves, give azaleas a light treatment of fertilizer.

▪ Continue cutting back perennials that are going dormant. Weed beds and add mulch.

▪ Buy fall foliage trees such as maples now. The intensity of the leaf color can vary greatly from tree to tree, so if you buy now, you can get the best leaf colors possible. Look at some of the new hybrid trees. These varieties offer consistent leaf color and often greater disease resistance.

▪ Clean bird feeders with a little soapy water and rinse well. With the winter months approaching, our feathered friends will soon be looking for food.

▪ Remove faded flowers on chrysanthemums. The plants will spend less energy on seed production, which will produce more blooms. Water on a regular basis.

▪ What’s blooming this month? Tea olive, beauty bush, perennial salvia, toad lily, daisy “Ryan’s Pink,” mums, pansy, swamp

Todd Goulding provides residential landscape design consultations. Contact him at or 478-345-0719.