Discover the Best Beautiful Caladium Bulbs and Plants
Caladiums are a genus of flowering plants in the family Araceae. They are native to tropical and subtropical regions of South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Caladiums are grown for their decorative foliage, which is often variegated. The genus includes over 100 species, but only a few are widely cultivated. The most common cultivars belong to the species C. bicolor, C. brasiliense, and C. x hortulanum.
Caladiums are tubers that must be replanted each year. They can be started from seed or from offsets (small pieces of tuber that form around the main tuber). Planting is typically done in late spring or early summer, after all danger of frost has passed. Caladiums need warm temperatures to grow well and will not tolerate frost. They prefer a shady location with moist, well-drained soil.
Caladiums are grown as ornamental plants. The leaves are often used as decoration in gardens and indoor spaces. They can also be used in container gardening. Caladiums are relatively easy to care for and make excellent houseplants. However, they are poisonous if ingested, so care should be taken if there are small children or pets in the home.
To care for caladiums, water regularly to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer. Protect plants from strong winds and heavy rain, as they can cause the leaves to tear. Caladiums will go dormant in winter, then should be dug and stored in a cool, dry place until spring.