Growing Elephant Ears from Bulbs
Gardening in Ypsilanti, MI
Caladium can be bought in pots but if you are willing to wait a few weeks and get your hands dirty, bulbs can be a cheaper alternative. Caladium is a tropical plant so bulbs have to be buried after the last chance of frost or started indoors. If planted directly in the ground, they will take a few weeks to sprout. During this time, it's important not to forget where they are and dig through them or let the area become overgrown with weeds. Most Caladium varieties prefer shady to partial shade and enjoy regular watering. As long as these conditions are met, you should have something interesting to look at all the way though the fall.
Since caladium is a tropical plant, most varieties will not survive a frost and come back the next year. During early October, you can choose to leave your caladium bulbs in the ground or dig them up so they can be replanted next spring. If you choose to dig them up, let them dry completely and store them in a dark, dry area. Caladium bulbs can be replanted for multiple years.
Deer Proof Plants for Ann Arbor, MI
If you are replacing plants that have already been eaten, it is important to plant something different. Deer operate on schedules and will gladly eat the same plants, in the same places, at the same times everyday. Furthermore, just like people, deer have unique tastes and if your neighborhood deer has been nibbling at your flowers, you already know they enjoy that particular plant. If unsure about whether deer will eat a specific plant, a good rule of thumb is that plants with strong odors usually go uneaten.
Whether you appreciate deer in your yard or not, if you've spent time, energy, and money making your landscape beautiful, you probably don't want them eating your plants. If you're replacing plants or creating new landscaping, it's the perfect time take into consideration how wildlife could impact your future yard. When it comes to landscape design, there are unlimited options. There is always a plan that can be attractive while still meeting the specific needs of your property.