Caladiums -- Classy, Colorful, and Carefree: A lot of bang for your buck

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Caladiums --  Classy, Colorful, and Carefree

By Bubbles
June 5, 2014

If you're looking for a splash of color in a shady garden area, try Caladiums. Even the beginner gardener can grow these tubers with minimal skill. Dig a two-inch hole, drop in a tuber (eyes up), give it a little water and a slow release fertilizer, and cover it up. You're on your way to success!

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 4, 2014 7:40 PM CST
Nice article! Caladiums can hardly be beat for color & they come in so many colors! We are very fortunate here in Florida to be able to leave Caladiums in the ground. They go to sleep when the weather cools but our ground does not freeze beyond hard frosts or perhaps a tiny bit at the surface in the northernmost portions of the state. Then when it's time for them to wake up, they do!
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jun 4, 2014 8:10 PM CST
We envy you, Ann. Leaving them in the ground here would be certain death for them. We get our rains in the winter, then freezes. I've tried lifting and storing them in the garage, but the just seem to melt and disappear. Occasionally, I'll find a few surprises in pots, but for the most part. . . they are annuals here.
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Jun 4, 2014 9:16 PM CST
They are a great way to brighten up a shady spot. Loved your article and pictures!
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jun 4, 2014 9:28 PM CST
Thanks, Anna. Let me know when you get back to Austin.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jun 5, 2014 2:21 AM CST
Great pictures and the varieties you mentioned are enduring here.I seem to order them every year.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jun 5, 2014 5:36 AM CST
Jo Ann, I ordered a box of the mixed caladiums a couple of weeks ago. I seem to stick with those tried and true ones every year. I thought the mixed ones would give me a chance to see a few I might like to order next year.
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Jun 5, 2014 11:46 AM CST
I've never tried caladiums before, but your article makes me want to give them a try. Especially since they seem to be so carefree.

Great article!
Vickie
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jun 5, 2014 1:16 PM CST
They really are nearly fool proof plants. It's probably not too late to plant them where you are! And thanks for reading the article.
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plantladylin
Jun 5, 2014 5:26 PM CST
Sandi,

Love your article about Caladiums; they are indeed easy to grow if you have shady spots in the garden and they come in many pretty colors and leaf shapes. I used to grow a lot of Caladiums at our old house, both in hanging baskets, in-ground and in mixed container plantings. We unfortunately have very little shade at our current home but I do have a few in those shady areas as well as a couple in containers. I'm fortunate that I live in a zone where they can remain in the ground year round. They do disappear in the winter months but around the end of April here they show their pretty foliage once again.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 5, 2014 5:30 PM CST
Wow! I just enlarged all the photo's in those links that Danita provided ... Sandi, your garden is beautiful!! Thumbs up
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jun 5, 2014 5:38 PM CST
Thanks Lin ! I just wish I could figure out where I went wrong!
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plantladylin
Jun 5, 2014 5:39 PM CST
I've never done an article so I don't know why that would happen ... I'm sure @Dave will be able to help.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 5, 2014 8:06 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

It's a bug with Chrome. The advanced editor won't let the images enlarge if the article was written using chrome. The simple version of the article works with chrome. The fix is that I have to edit the article and convert it into a simple form.

Eventually I am probably going to do away entirely with the advanced editor. It's difficult for browsers to work perfectly in, and it just makes things harder for everyone.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jun 5, 2014 8:45 PM CST
That's too much trouble, Dave. Don't do it.
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Jun 5, 2014 9:39 PM CST
My son moved away from Austin. I miss going there.
Who do you order your caladiums from?
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jun 5, 2014 9:47 PM CST
I'm sorry he moved. Hope it wasn't too far from you.

Caladiums 4 Less. He's having a big sale on mixed ones now on the Classifieds forum. Were you able to enlarge the article's photos with Danita's links in the comments section?
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jun 6, 2014 7:26 AM CST
Yes...WOW! I will have to remember to look at that when I am too hot in the summer.
He moved to San Fransisco. Also nice to visit but requires more planning and money!
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jun 6, 2014 5:26 PM CST
What is the difference between fancy and strap leaf?

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