Caladium Red Flash
Latin Name: Caladium
Common Name: Fancy Leaf Caladium
the Red Flash Caladium has green leaves with red centers. Caladiums make great bedding plants, in containers on patios, or used as a filler in mixed plantings. Caladiums should be planted in fertile, moist, but well-drained soil. In tropical climates, It can be grown in ground all year round, going dormant during the winter. Elsewhere tubers should be dug up when leaves wilt in the fall, cleaned, dried, and stored indoors over winter.
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- Start Caladiums in containers or flats about 6 weeks before the last frost is expected in your area.
- Plant the bulbs with the “eyes” facing up about 1 ½ to 2″ deep in peat moss or vermiculite, water thoroughly, and place in a warm area
- After all threats of frost have passed, transplant at the same depth about 10″ apart outdoors in an area that receives full to partial shade.
Caladiums provide a lush and exotic tropical touch to the garden. The different varieties boast a combination of colors in two or three shades of pink, red, or white and grow to a height of 12-18″.
Caladiums require frequent watering, especially if they are grown in containers, and should be fertilized every 4-6 weeks with a slow release or 6-6-6 type fertilizer.
Caladiums are hardy only in Zones 10 and 11 and must be stored for the winter. As the foliage begins to dry out, reduce watering and dig up the bulbs. Air dry the bulbs for about a week and store indoors in perforated plastic bags with peat moss or vermiculite at about 55⁰F in a dark place until ready for planting the following season.
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