With large colourful heart shaped foliage Caladiums are a favorite foliage plant in warmer climates. Grown from bulbs or rhizomes, they are easy care in warmer climates and can be grown in cooler areas as well.
Although they will take a little more care in less than ideal conditions many gardeners in cooler areas grow them as well.
They are from Brazil and are loved for the colourful foliage, most prefer filtered light although some new cultivars grow well in sun as well.
Modern Caladium cultivars originate from around 12 species, they have been extensively hybridized and with large heart shaped leave now come in 1000s of cultivars.
Caladiums will die right back in winter and require a dry winter. Some gardeners leave them in containers over winter and stop watering, they do need to be 'just damp'. If left wet during dormancy they usually die
Caladiums will flower, the flowers are attractive and typically white and hooded, however it is usually the foliage that they are grown for. Propagation can be carried out by cross pollination and sowing the seed.
Basically Caladiums are either one of two types with a multitude of colors.
- Strap Leafed Types :
The stem comes from the edge of the individual leaf. They have long lance shaped leaves, and are regarded as more tolerant of the cold. They are slower to multiply than the Fancy leafed types and are lower growing.
- Fancy Leafed Types:
The stem comes form closer to the center of the individual leaf. Leaves tending to be broader and best described as heart shaped. They are more suited to warmer climates. Taller growing.
Colors range from white through to red and pink with many multicolor types as well. So expect anything from pink foliage through to deep green with almost fluorescent pink spots.
PropagationPropagation is by division of tubers.
Where to buy
You can find Caladiums for sale at most good nurseries from spring to summer
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