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Image The New Caladium Frontier - East plus West!
By LariAnn Garner on June 23, 2010

While the western-style Caladiums have been around for many years, the relatively recent advent of the Thai Caladium varieties has sent ripples throughout the Caladium fancier's world. Now, I'm bringing the two together in a bold cross-cultural hybridization program - read on for the spicy details!

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Jun 22, 2010 8:43 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I collected quite a few varieties several years ago and loved them all. I haven't seen any of them coming up so far this year. I'm hopeful though.

You've done an excellent job of combining some of my favorites. Can't wait to see what else you come up with. Thanks for the excellent article about cross pollinating them.

Janet
Imagenap
Jun 22, 2010 9:44 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I was going to start a thread and call it "I Love Caladium!" but I see my friend Janet has beat me to it!

Regardless, I do love them. They really make a garden "pop" and they make excellent photos!
Imageardesia
Jun 23, 2010 9:39 AM CST
Name: Ali
SC
I am growing a dozen or so Thai's at the moment and find them fascinating. They are just babies but they are all so different; I wish I knew which ones are the tiny dwarfs and which ones will be full sized. I've had Thai's before and left them in the ground and they lived for about 3 years. This year they have not appeared so I am guessing they did not like the cold winter we had.

Good luck with your crosses Lariann; I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
ImageLariAnn
Jun 23, 2010 11:03 AM CST
Name: LariAnn Garner
south Florida, USA
When in doubt, do the cross!
Thanks for the compliments and encouragement! I've seen some pictures of Thai Caladiums whose colors are hard to believe. If I didn't have some of the most spectacular in my own collection, I'd find them unbelievable. Now, though, that I've broken ground on mixing the two types, I know it is only a matter of time before I can develop new spectacular hybrids that are as durable and easy to grow as the traditional Western types.
Imagejeri11
Jun 24, 2010 8:52 AM CST
Name: Jeri Nicholson
City of Central, La.
LariAnn after all the wonderful EE that I know you have played with and created masterpieces, I can't wait to see the results with the Caladiums!!!
"Faith is not about everything turning out OK;
Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."
Imagetexasbigleaves
Jun 24, 2010 7:09 PM CST
Name: Jerry McCalib
Dallas,Texas
I second that! I agree Hurray! Thumbs up Jerry Drooling
Imagejeri11
Jun 25, 2010 7:25 AM CST
Name: Jeri Nicholson
City of Central, La.
Hey Jerry is that Sarian leaves you have in your picture?

Jeri
"Faith is not about everything turning out OK;
Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."
Imagetexasbigleaves
Jun 25, 2010 7:54 AM CST
Name: Jerry McCalib
Dallas,Texas
Jeri11.

The plant is a Colocasia Thailand Giant.
It was doing great in greenhouse but when i moved it outside
it has'nt done any thing. Hopeful !!!!!
JERRY




Imagejeri11
Jun 25, 2010 3:30 PM CST
Name: Jeri Nicholson
City of Central, La.
This heat could be a factor.
"Faith is not about everything turning out OK;
Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."
ImageBoopaints
Jun 26, 2010 4:13 PM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
Lari Ann,

I was so inspired by your article and had to "bite the bullet" and buy my first two caladiumns. They are smallish...it is so hot here in Phoenix. But I have a shade garden and until fall arrives, they will have to try to adapt this way. Thank you for sharing your pollination success with us!

Becky
ImageKyWoods
Jun 27, 2010 11:41 PM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
They're beautiful! I just need to know one thing...do woodland critters eat 'em?
Bubbles
Jul 1, 2010 8:06 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Great article! I'll eagerly wait for some of your crosses.

And BTW Renee....if, by woodland critters, you mean deer...... deer love caladiums for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and especially midnight snacks.
ImageKyWoods
Jul 1, 2010 11:25 AM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
LOL, thanks for that info, Bubbles!

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