Our state of the art warehouse and operation
facilities are heated with natural gas. As you may know
caladiums, like potatoes, need to go through a curing process
after harvesting. Our curing facility doubles as a sprouting
room for our pre-finished pot program thus conserving heat.
Cured and graded bulbs are stored at 68-72˚F again conserving
After sprouting our pre-finished pots are transferred to an
unheated shade house for finishing. Even our new variety
development shade house is unheated. Fortunately, we’re in
Florida and can get away with this most of the year
We have developed a new controlled release fertilizer
specifically made for caladiums. The advantage of controlled
release is that fertilizer is metered out in small dosages over
a long period of time providing the plant food caladiums need
while minimizing the leaching of nutrients. We are in the
process of making our specially formulated fertilizer available
to our retail customers however, testing and meeting various
state and EPA regulations is a daunting task, but we are well
underway in the process.
Our farm manager, Gary Henderson has years of
farming background. Crop rotation, watering cycles, fertilizing
and other best management practices (BMP’s) are routine here on
Classic's extensive acreage as sustainability is essential to
all of us. We generally farm about a third of our available
land, leaving the rest planted in various rotation crops.
Rotation crops absorb left over nutrients, prevent soil erosion
and become a source of organic matter when they are plowed back
in to the soil prior to planting our next caladium crop.
Where practical, biological control
measures are used for pest and disease management.
We use a deep well as a water source
and drip and portable overhead irrigation systems to apply
irrigation water. Soil conditions are continuously monitored
and watering is only used as required.
Annual tests are conducted on all our horticultural practices to
improve them as new information or technology becomes available.
When tests prove beneficial to our plants and cost effective
they are immediately implemented.