What are caladiums?
Caladiums are tropical plants which come in a variety of colors and combinations. They are native to the banks of the Amazon River in South America. Caladiums are wonderful in pots, hanging baskets, and in mass plantings in the landscape. The main colors are red, pink and white, and each different type of Caladiumhas its own unique and exciting color combination of two or more of the above colors.
Where to plant
Caladiums thrive outdoors during the warmer months and add a lush, exotic touch to your yard or garden. Most Caladiums are at home in the shade or partial shade, but some varieties are more sun tolerant (see caladium catalog page) and can be planted in areas with little shade. They are a great way to add color to shady areas. They are often used as border plants, alongside homes, or in beds. They may also be used in window boxes and make stunning patio container plants.
When to plant
Caladiums are tropical tubers and MUST be warm to flourish. It is critical to wait to plant your caladiums until your soil temperature is at or above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool weather will significantly delay germination. See the recommended planting date for your area on the map to the left.
How to plant
Planting Caladiums is very easy. Plant the top of the bulb 11/2 to 2 inches below the surface with the eyes up. If the soil is sandy, mix in some peat moss to improve moisture retention. Mulch around the planting and keep moist throughout the season. Fertilize every six weeks with a 6-6-6 type fertilizer or slow release type fertilizer. Use about a teaspoon per bulb.
As foliage begins to die down in the fall, reduce water, dig up and air dry bulbs for a week. Store in a dry location at 55 degrees or above.
Caladiums provide an impressive showing indoors, their vibrant hues adding warmth to any home. They are at home in pots and can be placed outside when summer arrives. Caladiums as cut flowers will keep for 2-3 weeks and make a gorgeous display in a vase or floral arrangement.
Easy to plant
Their ease of planting is legendary, and even the most inexperienced gardener has great success in nurturing Caladiums. To experience our wide variety of beautiful Caladiums be sure to view our catalog. And remember, Full planting instructions come with all bulbs. If you have any questions or would like more information please e-mail us or call toll free 1-800-974-2558, we'd love to hear from you.
Elephant's ear bulbs produce large, leafy plants which add a tropical look to a home landscape. Large plants are exquisite on their own and smaller plants provide an exceptional complement to other plants with color, like Caladiums.
They grow well in soil with good drainage, and thrive in sun or shade. They are also at home indoors in pots. If you're looking for a plant to fill a large area, Elephant's Ears are ideal. Plant bulbs blunt end down beneath 2 inches of soil. Fertilize and water regularly. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail us or call toll free 1-800-974-2558.
The Tuberose (polianthes tuberosa), is a flower that is both mythical and magical, its nectar said by some to have special powers and its scent magical to all who experience it. The Tuberose is a popular flower in floral arrangements and its scent is used to produce perfumes the world over. The opportunity to have your very own Tuberosesunfolding in your yard or garden is one not to miss.
Tuberoses thrive in sunny spots and bloom in late summer. They are excellent in the garden or in pots. Their tall stems (2-3 ft.) and rather sparse, grass-like foliage make them ideal for interplanting. In the spring after the last frost, plant in a sunny spot, beneath about 2 inches of soil and 8 inches apart. Fertilize and water regularly.
Forcing. Plant one bulb in a 6 inch pot and keep at 75 degrees for an earlier summer bloom. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail us or call toll free 1-800-974-2558.
Amaryllis Quick Tips:
• Flowering Period: Late December until the end of June.
• Flowering time is 7-10 weeks.
• Larger bulbs produce more flowers.
• Always store un-planted bulbs in a cool place between 40-50 deg. F.
Amaryllis-One of a Kind
Of all flowering bulbs, amaryllis are the easiest to bring to bloom. This can be accomplished indoors or out, and over an extended period of time. The amaryllis originated in South America's tropical regions and has the botanical name Hippeastrum. The large flowers and ease with which they can be brought to bloom make amaryllis popular and in demand worldwide. The amaryllis comes in many beautiful varieties including various shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange. There are also many striped and multicolored varieties, usually combining shades of pink or red with white.
Preparation for Planting
The base and roots of the bulb should be placed in lukewarm water for a few hours. Remember, if you cannot plant the bulbs immediately after receiving them, store them at a cool temperature between 40-50 degrees F.
Plant bulbs in a nutritious potting compost, many are available pre-mixed. Plant the bulb up to its neck in the potting compost, being careful not to damage the roots. Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting.
Placement and Watering
Plant the bulb, or place the potted bulb in a warm place with direct light since heat is necessary for the development of the stems. The ideal temperature is 68 to 70 degrees F. Water sparingly until the stem appears, then, as the bud and leaves appear, gradually water more. At this point, the stem will grow rapidly and flowers will develop after it has reached full growth.
Bulbs will flower in 7-10 weeks as a general rule. In winter the flowering time will be longer than in spring. Set up your planting schedule between October and April with this in mind. To achieve continuous bloom, plant at intervals of 2 weeks for stunning color in your home or garden.
After-Flowering. After the amaryllis has stopped flowering, it can be made to flower again. Cut the old flowers from the stem after flowering, and when the stem starts to sag, cut it back to the top of the bulb.
Leaf Growth and Development. Continue to water and fertilize as normal all summer, or for at least 5-6 months, allowing the leaves to fully develop and grow. When the leaves begin to yellow, which normally occurs in the early fall, cut the leaves back to about 2 inches from the top of the bulb and remove the bulb from the soil.
Bulb Storage. Clean the bulb and place it in a cool (40-50 deg. F), dark place such as the crisper of your refrigerator for a minimum of 6 weeks. Caution: Do not store amaryllis bulbs in a refrigerator that contains apples, this will sterilize the bulbs. Store the bulbs for a minimum of 6 weeks.
Plant Again. After 6 weeks you may remove bulbs whenever you would like to plant them. Plant bulbs 8 weeks before you would like them to bloom.