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That is the Thai Caladium variety known as "Jungle Rain". The Thais have their own names for these but the USA name is Jungle Rain. I grow these for hybridization; you may have seen my articles on Caladium hybridization here and elsewhere.
lowe's...they had pots and pots of them...kind of pricey i guess. i believe i paid15 for a very substantial size pot but it might have been less. i try to put those "foolish" purchases out of my head quickly.
Lowe's, huh? I guess I'd better hotfoot it over there and see what they have down here! (As though I need more Caladiums - I have, perhaps, thousands of hybrid Caladium seeds sprouting and growing already!)
I got two of them at my Lowe's this week. They come from Costa Farms in FL and I paid $9.98 each. They were in large pots, I would say at least 2 gallon, and they had been newly planted, there were not many roots yet.
So at least one Thai Caladium has gone mainstream - well, I'm still ahead of the curve, having grown plants of a cross of the Jungle Rain and Western Caladium "Miss Muffet". Below is a shot of just one of the many variations that came out of that cross.
Yes, they were in large black pots but not your typical nursery pots.
Keep working on those Thai's LariAnn. I remember seeing what I was sure was a Thai at a friend's garden last year and she said she found it at Lowe's mixed in with the regular caladiums but the leaves on hers were heavier with a waxy sheen.
The ones in our Lowe's had some type of grayish spray on them, I checked the plants carefully to make sure I didn't see any diseases or infestations and they looked clean to me but thay had been treated with something. The one I have in more sun is starting to look a bit glossy. LOL, it may just mean it is frying, we shall see...
I visited Lowe's today and sure enough, they had these plants for sale. A few had incipient blooms on them but alas, I have no others ready to bloom so I had to pass them up. Anyway, I still have, perhaps, a few hundred more hybrid Caladium seeds ripening up so I won't run short of Caladiums any time soon.
i wonder if these are as cold hardy as the regular ones. mine is in ground in a protected spot and i can throw a blanket on that spot this winter if need be. i've never had a problem with any of my others coming up even after the brutal winter year before last. it was 17 for several nights but thankfully, our ground/sand never freezes.
Jan, I do hybridize Caladiums and in the last couple of years, I've been working on mixing the Western Caladiums with the Thai Caladiums. The Thais have such spectacular colors, but they are much more finicky than the Western types, so my goal is to get some of the more spectacular colors into an easier to grow Caladium.
Thai Caladiums do bright shade and they have no tolerance at all for cold weather. Because of this, they tend to be year round growers, unlike the Western types. They also thrive with a constant fertilization - i use 1 tsp Miracle Gro per 5 gallons water and apply it as often as I can. 3 or 4 times a week is not too often. In my experience, they seem to respond to this better than they do to timed release ferts.
Many of my Caladiums never went totally dormant this winter. They are all now growing vigorously with a vengeance, and last year's wave of "Thaibrids" (crosses between Thai Caladiums and Western Caladiums) are getting large enough for me to see what new colors and combinations I have developed. Some are sure to be really striking compared to the regular Caladiums out there.
i have a big clay pot of Pink Gem and Red Flash. it gets no rain since it's under the overhang so they never get mushy there but interestingly, my Pink Gem never went totally dormant either. first time that's ever happened.
i am going to keep my eyes peeled for other new hybrids at lowe's this year...the only available source i have for anything truly new on the market...
That reminds me of a story, years ago a friend from SC moved to the desert southwest. She had a deep bay window and the ground underneath the overhang stayed shady so she enriched the soil to hold moisture and planted caladiums. They did fine in this spot and one day she found some ladies out there touching the leaves. Caladiums are not common in the desert and these women thought they were artificial.
dragging up this old thread to pose a question.
i would like to add my Jungle Rain to the pf (specifically to add it to my zip code list) but it isn't listed or at least i can't find it.
does anyone know if it is already in the PF?