Thursday, October 9, 2008

SunTolerant Caladiums

Sometimes things that seem too good to be true are, well, true! Thanks to a nudge and a shove from brilliant hybridizers, caladiums have finally come out from their shady hiding places and are happily flashing their colorful selves in sunny settings all over the South. The caladium in the picture above, Red Flash, sits in a corner of my yard that gets over 10 hours of sun a day in mid-summer and it still thrived without requiring any more irrigation than the surrounding plants. Some of the cultivars that experts claim do well in full sun are:
  • Aaron
  • Carolyn Whorton
  • Festiva
  • Florida Cardinal
  • Florida Elise
  • Florida Sweetheart
  • Galaxy
  • Gingerland
  • Grey Ghost
  • Pink Beauty
  • Postman Joyner
  • Red Ruffle
  • Red Flash
  • Rosalie
  • Rosebud
  • White Queen
  • White Wing
Texas A&M has an extensive list on their website which lists even more varieties as well as identifying which ones are the most sun-tolerant and which ones are the least. Several online vendors carry sun tolerant caladium but Caladium Bulbs 4 Less
makes it easy by listing sun-tolerant varieties as a category.

With cooler fall temperatures, my Red Flash isn't quite as stellar as it was even a month ago and in my zone 8B/9A garden its winter hardiness is marginal but I'll definitely order more next year for their easy care and super showy colors.

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