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Caladiums

Elephant ears foliage lasts from summer to frost - indoors and out.

Caladiums

With their striking, patterned foliage and fast-growing nature, caladiums - sometimes known as elephant ear plants, contribute dramatic color to any shady border or mixed container garden. These tropical plants display their unique splashed and speckled foliage in shades of bold reds, greens, whites, and pinks from the summer season to frost.

Caladium plants are perfect for shaded spaces, since they prefer filtered sunlight. They only need a moderate amount of water, so be sure to plant your caladiums in well-draining soil.

Growing caladiums in your garden is easier than you think! Our caladium bulbs for sale at Spring Hill are perfect for beginner and seasoned gardeners alike. For tips on how to care for elephant ear plants, make sure to check out our blog post on how to grow caladiums. For more information on being successful in the garden, head over to our garden resources page.

How often should you prune caladiums?

Caladiums are beautiful foliage plans, and regular tidying can help your caladiums stay looking their best. Every two to three weeks, use a clean pair of scissors to trim back dead or damaged leaves, cutting where the stem connects to the base of the plant. Dispose of the damaged leaves in a location away from your garden, such as a compost pile or in a yard waste bin.

How far apart should you plant caladiums?

Like other foliage plants, caladiums vary in size. Check the needs of your individual species before planting your caladiums. Most plants need at least four feet of space-these small corms will create beautiful, large growth that comes back year after year.

When should you store your caladium corms?

In cold climates, caladiums need to be lifted and stored in winter, as they are not cold-hardy and can suffer damage under harsh winter conditions. Lift your caladium bulbs in fall, after the plants have gone dormant but well before the harsh freeze of winter.

Using a trowel or spade, lift the bulbs from the ground. We recommend working carefully, at least six inches away from the base of the plant, to avoid piercing any corms or roots. Pull up your caladiums, then gently dust excess dirt away. You can trim back any remaining foliage from the dormant corms. Dispose of any damaged or rotten corms then allow them to cure in a cool, dry location for a few days, resting on a sheet of paper or spread out in a cardboard box. Once they've cured, place your corms in a container filled with peat moss or paper, and store them for the winter.

Your caladiums should be stored in a cool, dry place like a basement or garage. They can be planted again in spring, similarly to the way that you planted them for their first season.

Can caladium plants be grown indoors?

Caladiums can be grown indoors, but they will still go dormant after a few months. Provide them plenty of indirect sunlight, and a good amount of watering. After the leaves have died back, suspend watering until the next growing season.

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