Caladium Questions

mmqchdygg(Z5NH)July 20, 2009

I've recently discovered Caladiums, and after thinking I bought a 'dud' package, they're FINALLY coming up! They're a lovely reddish color, and I've found a few threads on digging them up and over-wintering them. No biggie.

My questions are:

Like Rosy Dawn Gardens specializes in Coleus, is there a nursery that specializes in Caladium? I'm sure I'm hooked!

Will Caladiums take any amount of sun? I have a north-facing bed that I usually dedicate to Coleus, and it gets sun til about noon every day, then is shaded by the house.

Can these be used as houseplants at all? I had an elephant ear in the house for a while, but not sure if Caladiums are related and will tolerate living in the house.


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holly_bc(Zone 7B VanIsle)

I can't answer the Caladium Specialty Nursery question but you can likely google that term and perhaps come up with something.

They are partial to full shade plants that like humidity. They do very well as indoor house plants keeping in mind that desire for humidity.


Here is a link that might be useful: Botany Com

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 11:27AM
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For the last two years, I have ordered from Caladium Bulbs 4 Less. They have a great variety to choose from and their prices are good. The Caladiums are just beautiful. Great customer service, too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Caladium Bulbs 4 Less

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 10:21PM
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Hi Caladium world is a web site for the said bulbs. I think the north side of your house is great. I believe the caladium can take more sun if more water is given. And they will not sprout until soil is stable warm temp. So don't plant early.I usually wait until mine have sprouted in the box I have stored them in I leave them all turned right side up for storage so they will all sprout right side up and not be curved but good straight growth. Maybe sunbulb is also a caladium supplier, you might just try it and see. The strap leaved varieties are also nice.
James Maloy

    Bookmark   August 23, 2009 at 11:07PM
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Can you please tell me how long it took for yours to come up? It has been 8 weeks since I planted and still nothing! AAAAARRRRRRGGGGG!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 12:32PM
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