I have never ordered from Bill. I plan to use them as potted indoor/outdoor plants. I have a sunny front garden with a covered entryway and a very shady back patio. If they do well inside, I may leave them for indoor color. I haven't grown caladiams before, but love the foilage - especially the pink ones.
You might want to get a package or two for the sunny spots and then either more packages for a variety of pink colors for the back yard or just get that mixed package and see what you get. They love the heat.
Thank you so much Pirl for the photos and the heads up for Bill's sale. I, too , have bought from Bill for years and you just can't beat his bulbs. Foolishly, I bought locally at a garden center a few years ago. Sad, bad choice. I'll stick with the best. Thanks again.
Since Bill always manages to pack at least one extra bulb to a package, I think I'll plant one fancy leaved variety in one pot and a strap leaved variety in a matching pot so we'll have photos for 2013 to show the differences.
Before Bill came along I did buy from big box stores and never was impressed. Now friends and neighbors credit me with a green thumb and it's only because of Bill's bulbs.
I ordered from Bill sometime in October (first time), sorry I did not order Miss Muffet. I always start mine indoors as I've never had good luck starting outdoors (probably too cold). Love keeping them in pots so we can re-decorate. Have never de-eyed. Do you de-eye?
Not sure what happened last year, but I tried to order from Bill and received absolutely no response. I followed up a month later, and still got no response -- I used the same e-mail that I had used the year before --
Anyway, I DO love Caladium, and would have loved his prices -- but am leary of trying to order from him again -- consequently, I had no caladium last year -
Here's a pic from the year before -- on a warm summer afternoon -
I ordered from Bill last year and was very pleased with my bulbs.
Unfortunately, the deer were even more pleased, so I'll have to pass this year.
Unless I actually put up the deer fencing I've been dreaming about!
Those deer are a big PITA. They will eat the caladiums if I put them in the front but not in the back gardens. They go around my Sum and Substance hosta to feast on the plantaginea hosta but they eat my friend's S & S down to nubs. She's only a mile away.
WOW!! I've got them nibbling on my arborvitae right now, but have never had them eat caladium -- maybe because they are pretty close to the house and street -- the deer move quickly through those areas. Dax
Does anyone know how many bulbs you get in the collections? For instance, the Red White and Pink collection is $21.95, but how many bulbs do you get--one of each? I don't see the answer to my question on the site, and I've never bought caladium bulbs, so I don't know the going price. If nobody here knows, I'll send Bill an email.
OH, he said to click on the tab that says "Detailed Description" (after you click on the name of the collection) and it tells you how many bulbs are in that collection. If I clicked on it, my backwoods dialup connection is so slow that I may have thought it didn't work and gave up. LOL
Okay, here is Bill's answer to the shade/sun tolerant question:
"ALL caladiums love the shade. Deep shade is going to make the caldiums get tall and leggy as I call it. A little morning sun(up until about 10:00-11:00) is the best condition for all of them.
If you were to take two pots of Red Flash(the most sun tolerant caladium) put one in full sun and the other in the shade, the one in the sun is going to look very nice but the one in the shade will be even nicer!!
Email me at CaladiumBulbs4Less@earthlink.net with any questions. If you'd like, post that in a forum for other folks to see...
I see my emails a 1000 times a day but I'm not on DG like I used to be. Don't hesitate to call me either!!!!"
I agree, and I thanked him for all his help in my PayPal message--I was happy to see that he takes PayPal. :)
I will send him a before/after pic of the bland, ugly spot that I plan to brighten up with the Red, white, and pink collection and the Miss Muffet. I'll post them here, too. Can't wait!