Growing Caladium (Angel Wings)

Latin Name Pronunciation: kuh-lay'dee-um    

Caladiums require warm temperatures to sprout and grow. If planted too early outdoors, they may rot. Wait until soil temperatures reach 60°F to plant in the ground or into a larger container outdoors. Our plants are sent already potted; keep them indoors in a warm spot (at least 75°F) and provide indirect light and water until you can plant.

Caladiums are one of the few bulbs that require shade; their leaves may scorch if they do not receive protection from the afternoon sun. They also need moisture-retentive but well-drained soil, and they benefit from regular feeding in the form of a timed-release fertilizer or occasional applications of a water-soluble fertilizer.

Caladiums are hardy only to Zone 10 (30°F), but the tubers can be dug and stored indoors in colder climates. When the foliage yellows and droops in fall, lift the tubers with the foliage still attached, clean them of excess soil, and allow them to air-dry in a warm, sunny location. When the foliage breaks away freely from the tubers, pack them in lightly moistened peat moss or sand and keep them in a dry, well-ventilated place where the temperature is cool (50°–60°F).

For information on planting and care of annuals, click here.

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