Planting and growing our Classic Caladium bulbs is a breeze.
Â These hardy plants just need a little warm soil and some occasional watering and fertilizer to provide vibrant colors all season long
Caladiums like well drained soil
If the area puddles after a good rain, you might want to look elsewhere to plant your bulbs. "Mound" an area for better drainage. Keep the newly planted bulbsÂ moist - not soggy.
All Caladiums Varieties Thrive in the Shade
Where most plants don't tolerate shade very well - caladiums love shady areas! When your favorite flower will bloom for a week or two, caladiums will provide wonderful leaf color and texture all summer. Caladiums varieties like Debutante and Sunset Pink put on an outstanding show all season long in shady areas.
Sun tolerant caladium tip
Â When should I plant my bulbs?
Bulbs should be planted in the landscape in the spring after the last frost. The USDA temperatureÂ zone chartÂ provides guidelines for your zone, however temperatures can vary in specific locales and from year to year therefore nothing substitutes for local knowledge. Generally, plant your bulbs with the soil temperatures warm to 60Â°F-70Â°F. If you are planting caladiums in northern climates, you can start the bulbs earlier in a warm, moist (not soggy) place inside and give them a head start.
Â How do I plant my bulbs?
Plant right side up:Â Caladium bulbs have a rather smooth bottom side and knobby (these are actually the eyes or growing points) top side. Though they will grow no matter which way you orient them, planting with the top side up will provide you with the shortest sprouting time and the happiest plant.
Planting depth:Â Your bulbs should be planted deep enough to cover them with 1 Â½â to 2â of soil.Â A slow .Â Water after planting. Mulching helps preserve soil moisture and provides some weed control.
Bulb Spacing:Â In your landscape, evenly space 4 each #2 bulbs, or 2 each #1 bulbs or 1 each Jumbo bulb per square footÂ By multiplying the length by the width of your planting area you will know approximately how many bulbs to order.Â For instance, if you have a 2 ft. by 10 ft. planting area you should multiply 2 X 10 = 20 sq.Â ft.Â and order accordingly; 4 X 20 = 80 #2 bulbs or 2 X 20 = 40 #1 bulbs OR 1 X 20 = 20 Jumbo bulbs. You would use similar spacing in a patio container. Â
Watering and Fertilizing
Bulb Size Tips - Planting Separations by bulb size
Â De-Eying Caladiums
End of season
What to do with caladiums bulbs at the end of the season (go dormant)?
Height and Color