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Caladium 'White Christmas'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caladium (ka-LAY-dee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: White Christmas

Synonym:Cyrtospadix bicolor
Synonym:Caladium x hortulanum
Synonym:Caladium bicolor

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive melody On Jan 27, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love caladiums, and White Christmas is on of my favorites. It makes a dark area shine with light.

I have an East facing front porch with a deep overhang and use caladiums on it in mass every year. White Christmas makes the other colors pop out and gives the containers lots of appeal.

dig as soon as frost cuts them down, let dry in open air inside for a couple of weeks, then store in shoe boxes......I put them under the bed.

Positive hanna1 On Sep 18, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I I bought one last year at a major drug store, It was so pretty, within a very short time it died off, I was very sad, not knowing anything about it I figured it was dead, must of planted in wrong place, under the shade of a nice Camelia tree, and just a couple of weeks ago, lo and behold, there it was 2 of them now! Needless to say, I'm very happy! so delicate looking.

Positive Terry On Jul 22, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

'White Christmas' is white leaf with pronounced green central veins, and no pinking. Good in mostly-shade situations.

Caladiums can be potted up in early spring, and kept in the greenhouse to get an early start on spring growth, or directly planted once soil is warm and danger of frost is past. Regular watering will keep them growing all season.

Lift tubers in the fall, and store in moist, cool (but not cold) peat or other medium. Or can be treated as a warm-season annual.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Prattville, Alabama
Brea, California
Castro Valley, California
Merced, California
Bartow, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Nabb, Indiana
Benton, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Traverse City, Michigan
Clemmons, North Carolina
Millers Creek, North Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Lubbock, Texas

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