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Karen22-Mar-02 12:41 PM EST 6a   
Ian22-Mar-02 03:36 PM EST 5b   

Subject: Caladium
From: Karen
Zone: 6a
Date: 22-Mar-02 12:41 PM EST

I saw caladium at Canada Blooms and I would really love to plant some in my garden. I bought some at the show, but the love of my life left the bag on the subway :-( Oh well, we can always get more.

What can anyone tell me about this plant? Annual, perennial? Conditions?

Subject: RE: Caladium
From: Ian
Zone: 5b
Date: 22-Mar-02 03:36 PM EST

Hi Karen,

Caladiums are a genus of large leaved herbs of the Arum Family, native to Tropical America. The principal species is C. bicolor, from which many varieties and hybrids have been developed. They can be grown inside or out. If planted outside, plant them about 2 inches deep as soon as the danger of frost is over. They should be planted in a shaded or semi-shaded area. Give them plenty of water. They also like loose,friable soil. In the fall, dig them up and dry them for about a week and store them in dry peat moss or perlite in a cool location (about 15 degrees C) They are a beautiful plant, quite striking in a bunch or as an accessory plant. Nice choice.....Ian

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