Caladiums are spectacular, colorful South American natives, suitable for full shade, but they also perform very satisfactorily with a constant, tiny bit of drip irrigation in our full-sun garden.
We've also found that the leaves work remarkably well as filler material in flower arrangements and make a right proper 'cut and come again' plant!
The only finicky thing about them is they HATE being planted in cool soil. So, you need to start them indoors in little pots, giving them bottom heat from a heating pad, heat tape, heat mat, etc. in late winter or early in the spring. Once the ground warms up to ~60-70 degrees F at 6" deep, it's a good time to move them outdoors. Caladiums work beautifully in warm summer areas in all regions of the country.
Caladiums give lasting color all summer, everywhere, and they are less expensive than an annual! Plant one bulb/plant per square foot. They are winter hardy in zones 10-11. In colder areas, dig the bulbs and store in a cool dry frost-free area over winter.
Tip: It will kill you to do it, but when the first sprout emerges, break it off! It will encourage your plant to give you many more leaves than it would if you let it grow on its own!
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By Stacey Hirvela, Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs,
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Weather-wise, northerners may not have much of an advantage, but when it comes to selecting plants for the landscape, they certainly do. The entire system of plant recommendations in North America is based on plant hardiness - in other words, how much cold a plant can withstand without experiencing extensive damage or death.
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