Planting & Growing Tips

Caladium bulbs are safely planted outdoors when night time temperature are staying consistently above 65 degrees.

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.

Water moderately when first planted.

Caladiums will let you know when they need watering once they are up.

Ideally, caladiums should be planted in a partially shaded area, but most are capable of growing in full sun.

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 Weight Sq. Foot Coverage Running Coverage
3 Quarts 30-50 4-5lbs 5 feet 20 feet
1/4 Bushel 65-120 11-13lbs 10-12 feet 50
1/2 Bushel 140-275 25-27lbs 24 feet 100
Full Bushel 300-600 40+ 48 feet 200


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 night time temperatures are staying consistently above 65 degrees.All orders shipped early at customer’s request will not be replaced or refunded for any reason.


Caladiums will grow in most all soil types. Bulbs may not last for multiple seasons in less than ideal soils, but they will grow just fine for a single season (even in hostile mediums). Fertilizer, if needed should be applied lightly, but use caution as heavy nitrogen content is notorious for changing caladium colors. Caladiums like acid soils with an approximate Ph of 5.5-6

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271 Holmes Ave.
Lake Placid, FL 33852

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

Office (863)-699-9198