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Great for pots. The cold-sensitivity of Caladiums is why they've become big favorites for pots, baskets, and patio planters. If you start them indoors, you can simply put the pots outside once your weather is warm. And in fall, the pots make everything simple. Once your first cold snap wilts the leaves in fall, simply bring you pots inside, let the tops die down, and keep them as they are (in a non-freezing area) until spring, and put them out again. This is how many northern gardeners grow these beauties.
Spectacular Ground Cover: Many gardeners use these colorful plants as a ground cover for shady areas. (Who says you can't have great color in the shade!) Caladiums around trees or in other shady areas have long been beautiful features of southern gardens, but this technique can work anywhere, as long as you don't put out your plants until your soil is good and warm.
Starting your tubers: Plant your tubers with the 'eyes' upward--one tuber to a 4" pot, and 3 tubers in a gallon-size. Use about 1 1/2" of soil over the tubers. Keep them evenly moist and very warm after planting. (Like amaryllis in fall, bottom heat helps sprout these tropical tubers...if you have a warm radiator, try putting your pots there until they're well-sprouted.) Once they're up, liquid fertilizer helps; they respond much like African violets and tuberous begonias to regular feedings.
|Common Name||Fancy Leaf Caladium|
|Zones||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10|
|Ships As||Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber|
|Light Requirements||Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade|
|Mature Height||12-18" tall|
|Bulb Spacing||4 bulbs per sq. ft.|
|Planting Depth||Plant so the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.|
|Bloom Time||Foliage plant all season|
|Plant Type / Life Cycle||Annual|
|Flower Size||Dark red leaves with a green margin|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Loamy Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Average, Well Draining|
|Additional Information||Hardy in zones 9-10.|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.
As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.
You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.
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I thought I was a failure at Caladium but I have learned A LOT!! First I planted the roots upside-down and discovered this when I dug one up. They will self correct, but this takes time. I suggest planting them on their side. Also, the temperature must be CONSISTENTLY 65* or greater. If it dips below this temp, they will slip into dormancy until it is warm enough again. Living in VT, this happens frequently. However, they are all up now (mid July, I planted in March!). They were well worth the wait- beautiful and adding amazing color to my shade garden. I do plan on lifting these this fall and starting them inside next to a heater next spring.
The caladiums are used as a border in a shade bed. The red is very vivid.
Planted in a bed with green foliage the red color was a excellent contrast.
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
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