Menard's is running some pretty good sales on bulbs/seeds/tubers as they try to clear out their early spring inventory. We have one planting bed that is staying put in our backyard, but the rest is up in the air. That's making plant-buying decisions a bit hairy. I've - for the most part - held off on buying much of anything this year because of all the uncertainty.
That was, until this Menard's sale. I bought a few different sets of bulbs - which turned out to be tubers. Excuse me for saying this, but I'm a tuber virgin. Either I never planted one, or I didn't know it was a tuber if I did. Turns out, both Dahlias and Caladiums are tubers.
Turns out....my Mom was right: Once these are planted, I'll have to dig 'em up, dust them with some anti-fungal powder, then store them in peat moss/sawdust for the winter in the root cellar.
Oh...that's right. We DON'T HAVE A ROOT CELLAR.
This is 2010. Shouldn't these nurseries be able to create fancy plants that can survive an Illinois winter? Apparently not. Thus, I haven't made up my mind if I'll just consider these plants annuals and roll the dice over winter or if I'll dig them up.
We'll see come fall. I'm sure you'll see them too.