Caladium requires warm temperatures to sprout and grow. Plant in spring, after the ground warms to 50°F. Dig a hole 2 deep, set the tuber firmly in place, cover with soil and water thoroughly. They prefer a moist, well-drained soil, and benefit from regular feeding in the form of a timed-release fertilizer or occasional applications of a water-soluble fertilizer. Caladium can also be used as a house plant. Use 3 tubers to a 6” pot. Water sparingly until first leaves appear.
Caladiums are hardy only to Zone 10 (30°F). They naturally die back for a rest period in winter. The tubers can be dug and stored indoors in colder climates. A week after they die back, lift the tubers with the foliage still attached, clear the excess soil, and allow 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) until the following spring.
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