Planting Caladiums

Planting Caladiums

Caladiums are one of my favorite plants for the garden and a big part of that is because of how easy planting caladiums can be. Caladiums are grown for their beautiful, large colorful leaves that pop up in the spring and last until October. Planting caladiums is easy to do and I hope the following encourages you to get some caladiums growing in your garden this year! Tuber or Plant? Caladiums are purchased in one of two forms: as tubers still waiting to grow, or as plants that already have leaves and will make an instant impact. I almost always buy tubers to plant in our garden. Part of that is because I am cheap and can save money buy buying tubers, the other part is that because our garden is so full of plants, it is easier for me to sneak tubers in among everything else than it is to get full plants in the space.… Read Full Post
Planting Curcuma bulbs

Planting Curcuma bulbs

Planting curcuma bulbs left me with a feeling of, “I hope we did that right.”  Slightly unsure, but pretty excited about the results.  Curcuma are a beautiful group of flowering perennials for Florida, and as you can see here, the results are stunning.  I’ve seen these offered for sale as potted plants at several of our local box stores, but I hadn’t had the opportunity to see them in this form. Curcuma bulbs look a lot like little octopuses.  The top pointed part is the actual rhizome where new growth will emerge and the bulbous looking “tentacles” are modified roots for storage.  Each variety is a different size, but the overall appearance is the same.  The one shown here was nearly 5″ from top to bottom.  … Read Full Post
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