Caladium bicolor 'Halderman' Bulbs,Tropical Look, Jamaican Coco Rose
Scientific Name:Caladium bicolor 'Halderman'
Common Name: Halderman Caladium
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: to 1 foot
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Susceptible to insects
and diseases: No
Comments: Does well in full sun. Plant tubers in pots in March for early sprouting. Transplant to ground beds outdoors or to larger containers when the night temperatures are 60 degrees F. or above. Performance is very poor in cold, moist soils. Caladiums should be planted outdoors around May 15. Rot often occurs in cold, wet soils.
Caladiums should be planted in a partially shaded area, but most are capable of growing in full sun. Caladiums grown in full sun will require more water and will have a bit shorter life span due to the harsher growing conditions.
Water moderately when first planted. A soil that retains some moisture, but does not allow the bulbs to have wet feet is ideal. Caladiums will let you know when they need watering once they are up.
Fertilizer should be used sparingly. Too much could cause the leaves to be more green than white.
Caladiums are excellent choices to add colour, texture, and form to shady areas, making them a standout in your garden or containers. These plants are ideal border plants, lovely in window boxes and stunning when planted in a random mix in beds. These plants are the perfect solution for brightening a shady porch or a covered deck. Can also be used to decorate your entryways and mailboxes.
Wait to plant your caladiums outdoors until after any danger of frost has passed. It's actually best to wait until the nights are warm and the soil temperature has reached 65-70°F.
Most caladium varieties can be planted in either sun or shade. If you are planting them in a sunny location, it is important that they still get some shade during the hottest part of the day.
Like most plants, caladiums grow best in fertile, well drained soil. You can improve the texture and fertility of your soil by adding compost or top soil at planting time. During the growing season, caladiums will appreciate an occasional dose of liquid fertilizer.
To stimulate bushier growth, some varieties of caladiums can be "de-eyed" before planting. Use a paring knife to carefully cut out one or more of the primary sprouts, taking care not to damage the surrounding tissue or any smaller buds. Though at first this will set the plant back by a couple weeks, many other sprouts will soon begin developing, giving you a shorter, yet fuller plant.