Each year caladium growers from around the country reveal their new caladium varieties for the public. Okay, caladium growers from Florida reveal their new caladium varieties. You can see a quick tour of their fields in this previous post.
During a quick visit to Orlando we made a point to stop by the Florida Flower Trials at Harry P. Leu Gardens to take a quick look at the newest varieties being tested. I would certainly admit to being biased with my love for caladiums, so seeing these new caladium varieties was a top priority.
I was excited to see some of the new colors and shapes, with more lance leaf caladiums entering the market. I fully admit that I have weird “plant geek” tastes for plants, so I was instantly drawn to the new ‘Tinkerbell’ from Bates Sons & Daughters. I love it!
If you are looking for a plant to light up a shady area, then I wouldn’t look any farther than the new ‘Summer Breeze’ from Classic Caladiums. Large leaves with bright pink veins will be a great way to add some sparkle to shady spaces.
The other standouts included:
The folks at Plant Care Today have put together an article on caladiums, Your Complete Guide To Planting And Growing Caladium Bulbs, with a history on how these gorgeous plants came into cultivation. As they point out, tere are two basic types of Caladiums. They are:
Fancy Leafed Type Caladiums: They come equipped with very large and elegant heart-shaped leaves (or nearly so) on long stems. This type is usually between one and three feet tall.
Lance or Strap Leaf Caladiums: These compact versions are smaller, thicker and narrower, often reaching only a height of one foot. The leaves are long and slim and more abundant than those of the Fancy Leafed variety. This type of plant tends to produce more leaves and make them an excellent choice for a pot or a window box.
Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to one type or the other! Try some of each next year and enjoy the qualities of each.