2017 New Caladium Varieties

2017 New Caladium Varieties

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.… Read Full Post
Visiting Classic Caladiums

Visiting Classic Caladiums

Have you seen photos of Dutch bulb fields and been amazed at their beauty?  Florida’s very own version of that spectacular scene can be found in the caladium fields at Classic Caladiums. Most of the world’s caladiums are produced in Florida among a handful of growers. Unique to Classic Caladiums is the breeding program that produces new and exciting varieties of caladiums.  The photo below shows a test field at Classic Caladiums, featuring thousands of crosses with varying colors, habits, and vigor. Among the thousands of beautiful plants seen here, only a handful will pass the rigorous testing to make it to the market. Probably the most exciting part of the this visit is seeing these test plots and knowing the future of caladiums is going to feature such beautiful plants.… Read Full Post
New Caladium Varieties

New Caladium Varieties

These new caladium varietes are sure to impress with their new colors and habits. Most of these are part of the Florida Flower Trials this year and are just making their debut to the industry. After a very warm fall left production a bit of a mess, these new caladium varieties are now starting to take hold and really put on a show.  It is amazing to see the development of these new caladium varieties in recent year and leaves me looking forward to what is coming down the line in the future. The varieties are from Classic Caladiums, Bates Sons & Daughters and Happiness Farms. New Caladium Varieties by Grower: Caladium ‘Fiesta’ from Bates Sons & Daughters. What a color combination!  … Read Full Post
Caladiums in Flower Arrangements

Caladiums in Flower Arrangements

I was fortunate to spend the last week attending the American Public Garden Association (APGA) conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota and getting to visit beautiful gardens with fantastic colleagues. What more can a person ask for?  While we were visiting the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (more on that to come!) we made a stop by their lovely gift shop. You don’t go to a garden with my friend Grace without visiting the gift shop! While we were there I picked up one of these Easy Arrangers and just today had my first opportunity to put it to use. If you aren’t going to Minneapolis anytime soon I did see that there are a lot of these available on Amazon too! I couldn’t find a mason jar or vase handy so I just used one of our plain drinking glasses.… Read Full Post
New Caladium Varieties

New Caladium Varieties

I’ve often confessed my love of caladiums. In fact, I recently taught a 90 minute class on only caladiums. Yes, that’s right, an hour and a half. It was awesome! I feel very fortunate to get to see some of the newest varieties of caladiums before they hit the market and I wanted to share a few of those here. A few of these are now available in limited quantities, mostly from my friends at Classic Caladiums or Bates Sons & Daughters Caladiums. Both are great! Do you have a favorite among these?  I am completely torn!  I should mention that I am a big fan of chartreuse and pink combinations, so the ‘Lemon Blush’ and ‘Autumn Beauty’ are both really attractive to me.… Read Full Post
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