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Artful® Fire and Ice® Angel Wings Caladium hortulanum

  • Hardy Zones
    • 10 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Sun or Shade
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 18 - 30 Inches
Your order will ship in spring 2018 according to your plant zone.

After your order has shipped you will receive an email with your FedEx tracking number.
$15.99
Size: Quart
$24.99
Size: One Gallon
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Artful® Fire and Ice® Angel Wings Caladium hortulanum
Sun or Shade 18 - 30

Features

Flowers? WHO NEEDS 'EM.

Great foliage plant for use in both sun and shade.

Adaptable As Houseplant
Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
18 - 30 Inches
Spacing: 
12 - 18 Inches
Spread: 
12 - 18 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Brown
Flower Shade: 
none
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Colors: 
Pink
Foliage Colors: 
Red
Foliage Colors: 
White
Foliage Shade: 
Mostly silvery-white, with green edges and splashing, red and pink veins
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Sun or Shade
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Average
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Average Soil
Uses: 
Border Plant
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Mass Planting
Uses Notes: 

Great in landscapes and containers, in sunny or shaded locations

Maintenance Notes: 

Indoors:

Caladiums can be a very nice windowsill or sunroom plant and for much of the United States and certainly in Canada this might be the best use for the Artful series. Since they are tropical they need to have warmth and humidity, try to always keep the temperatures above 65 F for best growth and leaf size, and a pebble tray or frequent misting can help to keep humidity up around your plants. If you live in a northern climate, be careful not to plant too early in spring as temperatures below 50F will chill and stunt plants, normal indoor temperatures should be fine and winter heaters usually dry things out a bit too much. So this can be a good guide for when to grow the Artful series, when you turn the heater off for the summer.

Plant tubers pointed end facing upwards, so the tuber is about 2” below the soil level, the roots form on the top of the tuber , so you need to plant them deep enough that roots have room to grow, but not too deep because it delays new leaves and weakens the plant. If your plants are already growing in pots when you purchase them, plant them about ½” deeper when you transplant them to make sure the tubers have room to keep growing.

Artful Caladiums do not need a lot of fertilizer, about ¼ of what most folks feed their flowering annuals, and too much fertilizer can burn the leaves especially the white portions of the leaf. So just fertilize with ¼ the strength what you normally do for your flowers and apply weekly or every other week.

Keep plants in a sunny to partly sunny location and avoid burning hot southern exposures especially at higher altitudes.

Keep soil in your pots moist at all times, wilting will cause leaves to yellow and drop, so just check to make they do not dry out!

Outdoors:

Since Artful Caladiums prefer heat and humidity and do not tolerate cold, soggy soils, for most gardeners who live in the north will have best results in containers, as the soil in pots or planters warms up faster and has better drainage so plants will not become soggy. Remember for best growth always keep the temperatures above 65 F.

A ¼ - ½ strength fertilizing every week or every other week is fine throughout the season, too strong a fertilizer can burn leaves, and since the leaves last all season you want to keep them looking fresh. Caladiums like to be moist at all times so avoid allowing them to dry out as it also causes leaves to yellow and drop.

Where the Artful Caladiums will do best depends a lot on your location within the US, since sunlight intensity varies depending on where you live here’s a quick reference to help guide to help you succeed.

Region

When to Plant

Sun or Shade

Containers or in the garden

NW & NE United States & Canada

Early summer

Full sun - light shade.

Caladiums do best in containers in this part of the country and usually need to be in a protected warm location for best results. Like a sunroom or warm patio setting. If growing outdoors select the warmest protected locations in the garden.

SW United States

Spring

shade to light shade only

Containers may be easiest but a shady, cool garden spot can also be lovely. Watch your watering to keep the plants from drying out. 

Midwest

Late Spring

Light shade

Containers are likely best, but a late spring planting into a protected shade flower bed will also be fine.

SE United States

Spring

Shade to sun

Both containers and garden plantings work fine, in the deep south Caladiums may even come back the following year if kept dry over the winter.

Artful® Fire and Ice® Caladium hortulanum 'UF-172' USPP 24,432
  • This plant did very well in my tall planter by from front step. The planter gets a bit of late afternoon sun. It even flower! I have never seen a flower on a Caladium before. I am trying to overwinter the root and see if it will come back in the spring.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Daphne Tot
    Guelph
    Ontario
    Canada
    42 weeks ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Hazel Parsons
    Vernon
    British Columbia
    Canada
    2 years ago
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