Caladiums Planting and Care

What are caladiums?

Caladiums are tropical plants which come in a variety of colors and combinations. They are native to the banks of the Amazon River in South America. Caladiums are wonderful in pots, hanging baskets, and in mass plantings in the landscape.  The main colors are red, pink and white, and each different type of Caladiumhas its own unique and exciting color combination of two or more of the above colors. 

Where to plant caladiums

Caladiums thrive outdoors during the warmer months and add a lush, exotic touch to your yard or garden. Most Caladiums are at home in the shade or partial shade, but some varieties are more sun tolerant (see caladium catalog page) and can be planted in areas with little shade. They are a great way to add color to shady areas. They are often used as border plants, alongside homes, or in beds. They may also be used in window boxes and make stunning patio container plants. 

Caladiums planting map

When to Plant Caladium Bulbs

Caladiums are tropical tubers and MUST be warm to flourish. It is critical to wait to plant your caladiums until your soil temperature is at or above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cool weather will significantly delay germination.  See the recommended planting date for your area on the map to the left. 

How to Plant Caladium Bulbs

Planting Caladiums is very easy. Plant the top of the bulb 11/2 to 2 inches below the surface with the eyes up. If the soil is sandy, mix in some peat moss to improve moisture retention. Mulch around the planting and keep moist throughout the season. Fertilize every six weeks with a 6-6-6 type fertilizer or slow release type fertilizer. Use about a teaspoon per bulb. 

Storing Caladium Bulbs

As foliage begins to die down in the fall, reduce water, dig up and air dry bulbs for a week. Store in a dry location at 55 degrees or above.  Storage only applies to zones 8 and above.  In deep south, it is not necessary to dig caladiums up during the winter months.

Caladiums Indoors

Caladiums provide an impressive showing indoors, their vibrant hues adding warmth to any home. They are at home in pots and can be placed outside when summer arrives. Caladiums as cut flowers will keep for 2-3 weeks and make a gorgeous display in a vase or floral arrangement.

Easy to Plant

Their ease of planting is legendary, and even the most inexperienced gardener has great success in nurturing Caladiums. To experience our wide variety of beautiful Caladiums be sure to view our catalog. And remember, Full planting instructions come with all bulbs. If you have any questions or would like more information please e-mail us or call toll free 1-800-974-2558, we'd love to hear from you.