Combination pots and planters (and hanging baskets) are becoming very popular and special note should be made of the use of caladiums for this purpose. For instance, a pot or basket with caladium White Christmas in the center with caladium Red Frill around the periphery is a pleasing combination and readily marketable.  Different height affects can be achieved by variety selection, bulb size and whether bulbs are de-eyed. Go here for an pdf spreadsheet with tips,  photos and information on creating these pots.

Caladium Combos

  Caladiums have different habits depending on variety.  Also the habit can be modified with de-eyeing and growth regulators.   When making combinations of caladiums it is often a good idea to plant a taller fancy leaved variety in the center of a pot with more compact lower growing strap leaf varieties around the perimeter. We are working on different variety formulas which result in incredible combos, however different varieties vary in their crop time and response to de-eyeing so until we know more the most successful combos will occur by transplanting finished or pre-finished pots to a larger container. Click here for illustrations of combinations which worked well when transplanting finished small pots (4”-6”) to larger (18”-24”) pots.

Caladium Hanging Baskets
  Many caladium varieties make great hanging baskets either alone or in combination with other caladiums or plant varieties.  The key to nice basket is to choose the right variety (in general strap varieties better lend themselves to baskets), de-eye the bulbs before planting and put the right number of bulbs/basket depending on basket size (See bulb size and number/pot size). Below is a list of varieties that make great baskets:

  • Blushing Bride | Debutante | Cherry Tart

  • Lance Whorton | Peppermint | Pink Gem

  • Red Frill | Red Ruffles | Rosemary

  • Starburst | Sweetheart | Victoria

  • White Delight | White Diamond | White Pearl