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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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ImageKatg
Jul 2, 2010 12:37 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
From a Caladium Crazy person!

LariAnn, that was really an interesting article. I have grown all kinds of varieties including thai's. I find most of the thai's are definitely not as hearty as our domestic beauties and you're lucky to see them for only one season (even here in Fla). One of my favorite domestic Caladiums is "Florida Beauty" and I have some really amazing ones growing this year...

This could really make an interesting cross!

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ImageKatg
Jul 2, 2010 12:42 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
This was a beautiful Thai Caladium and I can't remember the name. Unfortunately, it was a one hit wonder!

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ImageKatg
Jul 2, 2010 12:46 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
This was also very beautiful...just couldn't make a reappearance.

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ImageKatg
Jul 2, 2010 12:51 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Oooops...found that Thai variety!

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ImageKatg
Jul 2, 2010 12:58 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I'll take a big bed of beautiful fluffy Caladiums any day! Love the Miss Muffets!

Thanks again and can't wait to see what you come up with!

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ImageLariAnn
Jul 2, 2010 11:08 AM CST
Name: LariAnn Garner
south Florida, USA
When in doubt, do the cross!
Kathy,

Thanks for your compliments and for showing your beautiful plants! Your Florida Beauty would indeed make an interesting parent for crosses; I have a few that are similar but the pink spots are not as intense.

Today my last bloom on the Red Flash produced pollen, so I was up early to scout out one or two plants that were ready to receive it. I found two, both Thais, so my cross-cultural blending continues apace (if the two crosses work!).

Watch for pictures . . .
LariAnn
ImageLariAnn
Jul 4, 2010 3:57 PM CST
Name: LariAnn Garner
south Florida, USA
When in doubt, do the cross!
Kathy,

Here's one of my newer Caladium hybrids; it has an oval leaf shape with overlapping 'ears' such that it almost appears peltate. The red is just as intense as it looks, if even more so.

LariAnn

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Jul 4, 2010 3:59 PM CST
Name: LariAnn Garner
south Florida, USA
When in doubt, do the cross!
Here's another one of mine; this plant seems to be more of a natural semidwarf grower.

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ImageKatg
Jul 4, 2010 6:17 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
LariAnn: The first one almost looks like a cross between Florida beauty and Rosebud. Very nice!
ImageKatg
Jul 4, 2010 6:38 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I have a strange variety growing. It's a strap leaf and it looks like somebody tried to cross some thai's. Was sold as Florida Symphony and this is the 2nd year they've come up.

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Jul 4, 2010 6:40 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Another domestic favorite of mine - Florida Sweethearts.

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