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  RE: [Aroid-l] Caladium
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2006.04.09 at 05:07:24(14074)
Reply-To: Discussion of aroids
To: "AROID-L"
Subject: [Aroid-l] Caladium
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2006 20:53:19 +0200

Dear Jani,

As others have pointed out, it could be one of many commercially sold
cultivars which are and have been developed by Caladium breeders in Central
Florida. From your photo, one can observe that this particular cultivar,
whatever it`s given 'name' is, would seem to be a hybrid between a C.
bicolor and a C. schomburgkii (the 'tear-drop' leaf shaped Caladium
species). C. schomburgkii seems to cross easily w/ C. bicolor, and some
vars. seem to be used extensivly to impart that deep scarlet color into its
offspring. The smaller leaves in your photo, by their color and shape,
illustrate the influence of the C. schom. in its parentage.
Grow in a very well-draining 'jungle mix', keep the soil moist and warm, dry
the pots off and let it go dormant in LATE fall, store corms dry in a warm
garage over winter, plant in spring.
Good Growing.

Julius

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