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!
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...
Name: LariAnn Garner south Florida, USA When in doubt, do the cross!
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!).
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