For me, an open aroid inflorescence is an invitation to hybridizing, and none more so than Caladium blooms. This is because of the possibility of new and exciting color combinations as well as plant habits and leaf shapes. So with my first work in crossing Thai and Western Caladiums under my belt, I've forged ahead with newer, even bolder attempts. . .
And how pretty. I'm going to follow your articles, LariAnn, and hope someday I'll see the plants for myself at some local nursery. Thank you for all the work you do. Unscientific though I am, I can almost follow your steps and certainly your excitement. Thanks for sharing both with us.
Name: LariAnn Garner south Florida, USA When in doubt, do the cross!
Thank you, Sharon and Nap! I'm glad to share what I'm doing and learning, and I, too, hope to see some of my plants in nurseries, garden centers and big box stores, so long as it happens with my consent!! I sure wish I knew someone really trustworthy with whom I could entrust the production and distribution of all my new babies. I'd rather continue making new ones!
Interesting one Madam LariAnn. I planted more than 40 Caladium tubers (including Fannie Munson, Aaron, Candidum senior, White Queen, Mrs. Arno Nehrling, etc) and one Thai Caladium I had, they are growing beautifully but only two Mrs. Arno Nehrling produced inflorescence and that too at the same time, I was planning for the pollination but......
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