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Planting the best caladium bulbs
- 6 caladium bulb varieties
- Tender perennial
- Makes an excellent houseplant
- Brightens borders and containers
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Caladiums are tropical foliage plants that provide a splash of color in summer flower beds. Tropical plants that are native to Brazil, caladiums, are easy to grow in warm, shady, humid environments. They can grow to a full height of 12 to 30 inches in one season!
Native to Latin America, caladiums are now grown widely across all temperate regions of the United States. These spectacular plants will thrive in shade! Caladiums will look beautiful as a ground cover, border, or in pots, hanging baskets and planters on your deck and inside your home. What color will you choose? Classic white caladium like Eden Brothers' Florida Moonlight Caladium Bulbs, bright and dramatic red, like our Red Flash Caladium Bulbs or if you can't choose, our best selling Fancy Leaf Caladium Mix which combines all the colors available!
Caladium Plant Care
Finding the right location is important and well-draining, rich soil is a must for these beautiful plants. If the soil is poor, add generous amounts of compost and manure. Additionally, be sure to plant the caladiums where they will not be affected by strong wind, as too much wind can damage the plant leaves.
When planting caladium bulbs, dig holes that are three to four inches deep, allowing 1 1/2 to 2 inches of soil to cover them. Caladium bulbs have a smooth bottom side and a knobby top. Gently place the caladium bulb in the ground, with the knobby side pointing up. Add a little bone meal to the soil and plant other bulbs about 4 to 12 inches apart depending on the size of the bulb. Water generously to encourage root growth and keep moist during germination, without allowing the soil to become soggy. Once they break ground, it is easy to tell when to water as they will droop when thirsty. Caladiums will grow well with little care or attention. Fertilize outdoors once a month with a general purpose fertilizer. Indoors, use a liquid fertilizer every couple of weeks.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for caladium bulbs, see the Caladium Bulbs Planting Guide.