Painting Caladium Tubers

Our business practice is to do all we can to make our customers successful. When producing finished potted caladiums a number of critical factors have been identified that help assure the success of our customers. One important factor is tuber orientation. Many larger pot producer have mechanized potting lines and employees are measured on the number of pots they can plant/hour. One of the services we provide is a tuber de-eyeing service. Potted de-eyed tubers results in a shorter fuller (more leaves) pot as de-eyeing causes increased branching. However, once de-eyed it is somewhat difficult to tell the top from the bottom on a tuber. To solve this problem, several years ago, we began offering a painting service whereby the tops of the tubers are painted with a water based nontoxic paint allowing for rapid accurate tuber orientation during the potting process. Though we charge for this service it is rapidly gaining in popularity as it is actually saving our customers money by:

  • Increased throughput on the planting line

  • Better supervision with less supervisors as proper orientation can be noted with a glance

  • Less production costs because of a more consistent uniform finishing time resulting in less consolidating and pulling

  • Less shrink at retail because of a fuller more proportioned pot sells more quickly.