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Name: Rj
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Jul 16, 2017 6:35 PM CST
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 17, 2017 7:27 PM CST
Thumbs up I've had Caladiums blooming lately too ... must be the time of year!
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jul 17, 2017 7:31 PM CST
Thumbs up Pretty cool, this is the first year I've ever had Caladiums, my neighbors gave me some small bulbs this spring! The bud is very interesting looking!
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Jul 17, 2017 8:02 PM CST
Caladiums are a popular shade garden plant down here in Florida. I grow them in ground as well as in containers and I say, who needs blooms when you can have pretty leaves like these?

Can't remember the name .................... 'Blushing Bride'
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'Florida Cardinal' .................................. 'Florida Moonlight'
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'Red Flash' .......................................... Thai Caladium 'Siam Moon'
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jul 17, 2017 8:21 PM CST
Beautiful Lin!
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purpleinopp
Jul 18, 2017 9:55 AM CST
These blooms don't make me go "wow" in the way more showy blooms do in regard to aesthetic beauty, but in the way that is like the plants showing they are very happy. Maybe the equivalent of "whistling while they work" on their gorgeous leaves.

I swear that I smelled a lovely scent from one once, in a pot, (and yes, it was the only thing growing in the pot, and I carried it far away from other plants to make sure it wasn't something else,) but haven't duplicated the experience since discovering they are ground hardy here. That puts the blooms below my sniff-zone. I think the scented one may have been a 'Carolyn Whorton' but had I purchased several kinds & thrown away the packs.

Has anyone else sniffed fragrance from a Caladium bloom?
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 18, 2017 10:01 AM CST
Thanks RJ, I love Caladiums!

Tiffany, I've never thought about a fragrance with a Caladium Spadix ... will have to sniff a few and see if I notice any scent. Green Grin!
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jul 20, 2017 7:58 PM CST
Slowly opening up, think its pretty interesting, no perceived fragrance.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 21, 2017 8:14 AM CST
Oooh, that is so pretty ... love the splatter of color on that spathe. Lovey dubby

I stuck my nose in a couple of my caladium blooms but didn't smell a thing. That's not saying much though because I once grew the highly fragrant Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) and never, ever detected a fragrance, which shocked my husband because he said the flowers smelled so good! Smiling
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Jul 21, 2017 8:16 AM CST
RJ, you should really add that gorgeous photo to the database if you haven't already done so! If you don't know the cultivar name, you can upload the picture to the general entry for all Caladiums (Caladium)
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 22, 2017 10:57 AM CST
We have a large wooden deck in the back corner of our property where we keep a little shed for garden tools and I used to have a bunch of small potted plants sitting atop the deck rails. On either side of the deck there are wooded areas with lots of weeds that are taking over. I haven't yet ventured out into those areas because of so many hiding places for snakes but I'm hoping some time this winter (when the weather is cooler!) we can get out there and clear some of this weedy stuff out! Last year, a pot of Caladium's got knocked off the deck rail by either squirrels or raccoons and my husband picked up the pot but just left the soil from the pot dumped on the ground. Recently I was out on the deck and looked over and spotted the Caladiums growing amid Arrowhead Vines, Ferns and a Palm seedling. I'm going to get hubby to go out there and pick up the Caladium bulbs for me so I can either put them in another container or plant them somewhere else in the yard.

A view of the area just over the deck rail and Caladium 'White Wing' popping up amid all the weeds!
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ardesia
Jul 23, 2017 1:29 PM CST
Your unpotted Caladiums are doing better than the ones I have planted. Green Grin! A bunch of my old ones came up but then the marsh rabbits ate the foliage. Late in the season last August I took advantage of a Caladiums 4 Less bargain, bought 2 dozen and massed them in a small bed and they popped right up and looked so nice last year but this year only 3 came up and the rabbits got them too. Grumbling
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 23, 2017 5:13 PM CST
I have caladiums all over the yard and I'm really surprised the rabbits haven't eaten any of them! I see rabbits out in the early morning and early evening all the time and I'm keeping my fingers crossed Crossing Fingers! that they don't ever take a liking to the caladiums!
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jul 23, 2017 5:16 PM CST
Caladiums contain something toxic, so I imagine rabbits won't take more than one bite. That one that tipped onto the ground is gorgeous. Do you know the ID? The leaves are very different from most of mine. I like the coloration too.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jul 23, 2017 6:19 PM CST
The hungry rabbits here ate many,many caladiums, we observed one munching away. They couldn't be too toxic or I wouldn't have so many rabbits here. I have been in contact with DNR and have been told the hurricane built up their habitat, there is more brush from the blow downs and more habitat means more rabbits. What really confounds me is why it or they ate bromeliads and cordylines - they are certainly not typical rabbit diet. Everything in the yard gets sprayed every 3 days now.
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plantmanager
Jul 23, 2017 6:24 PM CST
Wow, so far rabbits haven't bothered my Caladiums. My dog did take a bite, but no more.
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jmorth
Jul 23, 2017 7:36 PM CST
I've got Caladiums coming out my ears, specifically '(Fla.) Moonlight'.
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I won a Caladium contest last year and 1st place was 50 #1 grade bulbs of cultivar desired from Caladiums for Less.To choose the spring of this year. When I got around to it, I picked Moonlight. Bill, the Caladium guy had only 25 #1 bulbs left so he sent me 25 #1 and 50 #2 size. Where was I going to put 50 Caladiums let alone 75?
I ended up giving about half to local gardening friends, and site members from here. My wife planted most of the remainder along the north side of garage . I put the remaining remainers in pots. There's still 6 left in the basement.

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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jul 23, 2017 7:39 PM CST
Moonlight is beautiful! I won 25 caladiums from Bill a couple years ago. They grew well last year, and I stored them properly and planted, but this year none of them have come up and I'm sure it's been warm enough. I'm hoping they are just late and will still grow.
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ardesia
Jul 24, 2017 5:12 AM CST
Wow, Moonlight makes quite a show.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 24, 2017 10:46 AM CST
Karen, the one that went over the side of our deck is Lance-leaf Caladium (Caladium 'White Wing') which is a smaller variety, great for hanging baskets as shown in this photo from last year:
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J, those are so pretty, Lovey dubby I love how you've planted a line of them alongside the garage!
Most all of my Caladiums are from Caladiums4less, I've been a customer off and on for the past ten or twelve years. Bill offers great deals on our classified forum at times and the bulbs received are always of decent size and healthy. Do you treat your Caladium bulbs as annuals or do they survive your winters with just a heavy layer of mulch?

Florida Moonlight is one of my favorites of the white; seems the older they get, the bigger the leaves get!

Last year ............................................ the same pot this year
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'Red Flash' is one of my favorites reds ... the leaves of this one also get quite large.
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It's a struggle to keep the Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex) pictured below from spreading underground and popping up in other beds like the one a few feet away with the few caladiums. I'm hoping that this coming winter when it's cooler and more pleasant to work outdoors, we can completely clear out the Ruellia rhizomes so that next spring I can fill the entire area with Caladiums. It amazes me that garden centers still sell this Ruellia here in Florida because it is such a pest plant! Grumbling
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