Time to Plant Caladiums

By William D. Adams
Harris County Extension Horticulturist, Houston, Texas

ate April or early May is caladium planting time. Whether in pots or shaded garden beds, caladiums add a vivid richness to any summer garden.

The caladium is a warm weather plant, and does best when planted after the soil warms up to 70 degrees F. or more. Even though Caladiums like warm temperatures, they prefer cool, moist, well-drained soils in the landscape. The tubers should be planted approximately 1-1/2 to 2 inches deep, and from 12 to 18 inches apart, in loose, organic, rich soil.

They are excellent in pots, tubs, and planters. You can get a jump on the weather by planting in mid April in pots, and transplanting to the garden in early May.

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