Grow Caladium Plants for Shade Garden Interest 

Caladiums' vivid foliage adds appeal to shadow settings. Step-by-step instructions for growing them:  

Choose healthy, solid bulbs from a reliable supplier. Plump bulbs without rot or damage are best.  

Caladium Bulb Choice    

Caladiums like partial to full shade. Choose a garden spot with daytime indirect sunlight or shade. They like organic-rich, well-draining soil.  

Planting Location Selection  

Loosen the soil to 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) before planting. Add compost or peat moss to improve soil texture and fertility.  

Preparing Soil  

Plant caladium bulbs with the knobby side up, 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) deep and 8-12 inches (20-30 cm) apart. Plant many bulbs spaced according to the mature plant's size to allow for growth.  

Planting Bulbs  

Maintain moist but not soggy soil, especially during growth season. Water bulbs immediately after planting and often, especially during dry times. Avoid overhead irrigation to avoid fungi.  


Caladiums need fertilization since they eat a lot. In the growing season, apply balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks. Apply rates according manufacturer's directions.  



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