The Minnesota Flower Growers Bulletin
Volume 40, Number 1
by Michael Evans, John Erwin, and Royal Heins
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Scientific Name: Caladium bicolor (G. x hortulanum), Qladium gicturatum
Season of Production and
Markets: The caladium is sensitive to chilling which limits its use in the northern
Oriain and Sites of Production:
The caladium is native to River District of Brazil. world tuber supply is central Florida.
Peru and the Amazon The majority of the produced in south
landscape. Caladium either a pot crop for planted out of doors as
tubers are forced as the spring market or a specimen plant in the
cases, mass plantings of seen in more extensively
An at 0 mv : The underground storage
caladium is classified as a is a modified stem structure
develops below ground reserve carbohydrates.
which is used to The Irish potato
on the tuber.
is a tuber.
Shoots develop from vegetative
Caladium bicolor leaves while G
Selected Species CUltiVarS: Caladium gictur-
lancelate leaves, is shorter and tolerates full sun better than 5;. bicolor. C a l a d i u m
g i c t u r a t u rn
recommended for use in Colors on all cultivars tend
hanging baskets. to be darker when
plants are full sun.
include green, white, red, and pink. leaf coloration patterns exist among caladiurn cuItivars.