Planting & Growing Tips

Soil temperature is an important consideration, as planting too early outdoors can cause tubers to rot. Nighttime temperatures should be CONSISTENTLY 65 degrees or warmer before planting outdoors. Caladium bulbs originated in the Amazon Basin, which is why they require and thrive in the warm summer day and night temperatures. IF PLANTED EARLY WITH COOLER WEATHER, GERMINATION CAN BE SIGNIFICANTLY DELAYED. These plants thrive in moist, well-drained soil and are generally happier in partial shade. Remember the amount of sun/shade exposure may change the color of the leaf produced. Ideally, caladiums should be planted in a partially shaded area for best color. Caladiums in shade can be taller in an attempt to catch the light as opposed to caladiums in direct sunlight that don't have to work so hard.

Caladium bulbs should be planted about 2 inches under the soil. If you have no idea about top and bottom just plant it any which way and it will grow.

The following chart shows our recommended planting distances if you are planting a large bed. These spacing distances will typically result in a nice full bed with no gapping between plants. These same measurements also work for row planting.

Grade Bulb Diameter Planting Distance
1” - 1 1/2 ”
2” - 4”
1 1/2” - 2 1/2”
4” - 7”
2 1/2” - 3 1/2”
8” - 10”

Larger bulbs DO NOT guarantee larger leaves or taller plants, just more leaves in general.

Planting in pots:
                                4 inch pot:  one #1 or two #2's
                                6 inch pot:  two #1's  or four #2's
                                12 inch pot:  six #1's or twelve #2's

Box/Bushel information

Box # Bulbs Running Feet
3 Quarts 30-50 12 feet
1/4 Bushel 65-120 27 feet
1/2 Bushel 140-275 62 feet
3/4 Bushel 250-400 100 feet
Full Bushel 300-600 125 feet


The map below lists the approximate dates when we feel it is safe to begin shipping to the designated areas. IT DOES NOT REPRESENT PLANTING TIMES. Planting should be done when nighttime temperatures are staying consistently above 65 degrees. All orders shipped early at customer’s request will not be replaced or refunded for any reason.

Planting Zone Map


Caladiums will grow in most soil types. Caladiums are always the prettiest the first season and may not last for multiple seasons as those left in the ground or stored do not perform as well as fresh bulbs. Caladiums in general deteriorate every year and may be shorter and not as full, therefore were recommend adding to them with fresh bulbs yearly. Fertilizer, if needed should be applied lightly, but use caution as heavy nitrogen content is notorious for changing caladium colors. Caladiums like slightly acidic soils with an approximate Ph of 5.5-6.

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271 Holmes Ave.
Lake Placid, FL 33852

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Florida Boys Caladiums
Jason & Sandi Holmes
PO Box 2802
Lake Placid, Florida 33862

Office (863)-699-9198