Having tried unsuccessfully to grow these in the past, I just couldn't resist trying again. The larger plant ($9.99 about £5) and paler pink of the two cultivars was planted in our big yard under the shade of the eaves and the smaller (a mere $4.99 about £2.50) was added to a planter in our back yard. A month later both are thriving and enjoying the late autumn warmth. If anything the smaller plant has doubled in size and overtaken the original larger one. I wonder how they will fare when the chilly winter nights arrive?
Caladiums are natives of Brazil and parts of South America but are commercially grown in a small area of Florida near Kissimee. These are tender tuberous perennials and in cool climates need to be grown in a constantly warm greenhouse. If you see them for sale, be prepared to coddle and speak nicely to them!
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