How to Grow Caladium Bulbs

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Caladium is a family of bulbs commonly known as Elephant Ear, Angel Wings or Heart of Jesus.  Caladium have a wide number of varieties that can provide beautiful elements to your garden, or solve some garden trouble spots.  They can also provide a great deal of entertainment for the gardener as they are easy to grow and have such a broad variety of colors and sizes.
 

Caladium bulbs can also provide a great deal of entertainment for the gardener as they are easy to grow and have such a broad variety of colors and sizes. These plants are grown for their leaves and not for flowers.  Colors for Caladium leaves will take your breath away, anything in the range of white, pink, green.
 

Caladium can be the size of your palm or your entire upper body (two feet long!) so can work well in either a speciment planting or a to block an eyesore.

Caladium are tropical by nature so will be Hardy to zone 10, can also be grown as houseplants

Caladium are poisonous, so use caution when grown as a houseplant in houses with children or pets.

When planting, remember that they are tropical and like a warm, humid atmosphere.  To replicate the growing conditions of their native areas, work into the soil a lot of humus, loam or organic matter in the soil to provide nutrients and hold moisture.  They prefer full to partial shade (up to a half day of direct sun OR constant dappled sunlight is fine).

Start tubers in early spring, then transplant outdoors when nights stay above 50 degrees.  Divide by digging up and breaking apart the tubers after spring growth has started.  The pieces can be started in small pots and then moved to final pot for the summer. Decrease water towards end of summer, allow to go dormant.  Store in dry area.

Water well and enjoy!

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