Caladium Bulbs Florida Cardinal

Caladium Bulbs Florida Cardinal, Caladium, Fancy Leaf Caladium

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For a great splash of color in shady spots and patio pots, this striking Caladium variety has large, bright red leaves with green margins. Sure to be a conversation-starter.

Zones 2 - 10
Advantages
Containers
Containers
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 12-18" tall
Bulb Spacing4 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season
Size Bag of 3
SKU 6CALAD3
Great color in the shade:
Growing Caladiums:
Caladiums are beautiful natives of the South American Rain Forests. With their brilliant colors in fascinating designs, and large heart-shaped leaves, they've become landscape favorites, especially since they are perfect for shaded areas. They're very easy to grow, but you must take care and remember that they are tropical. This means you can't plant your tubers until the ground has warmed up in spring. In the south, that means May. In the midwest and north, it means from mid-May until mid-June. Planting in cold soil will stunt your Caladiums, and you don't want to do that.

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.

SKU 6CALAD3
Common Name Fancy Leaf Caladium
Botanical Name 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
Advantages Containers
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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4.0

Caladium takes patience!!!

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from Burlington, Vermont

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Healthy

Cons

  • Takes Patience

Best Uses

  • Containers
  • Garden
  • Indoors
  • Patio
  • Shade Areas

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.

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5.0

A beautiful foliage plant. The red is very brilliant!

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from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
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    The caladiums are used as a border in a shade bed. The red is very vivid.

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    Wondeful Color

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        Planted in a bed with green foliage the red color was a excellent contrast.

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        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

        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.

        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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