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Annuals – Caladium

  • Caladium

Botanical name: caladium bicolor 

Beginner friendly?: yes

Average size at maturity:  6 to 24 inches in height and a 1 – 2 ft spread 

Bloom time:  spring 

Hardy zone: zones 9 and 10

Flower color: does not flower

Foliage color: green, white, red, yellow, gold, variegated 

Growth rate:  reaches full maturity in 6 – 8 weeks 

Pruning instructions: deadhead as needed 

Propagation methods: cut a stem just below a node and place in water until roots start to emerge

Landscape use: brings bright color to a shade garden 

Light needs:  2 – 3 hours of sun a day 

Special features: high medical and soothing effects

Watering instructions:  use 5-10-10 every other month during the growing season

Fertilizing instructions : use a slow release granular fertilizer in the early spring

Best time to plant: spring 

Best type of soil:  loam, sand 

Companion plants: coral bells, begonias, coleus 

Toxicity level: mildly toxic if ingested 

Invasive species: no

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