So you want really bright, gaudy leaves? Caladiums are among several related plants called elephant ears due to the large, heart-shaped leaves. Nurseries always used to sell caladiums as tubers in springtime to be planted in shade for summer color. Over time, sales of anything in bulb form have declined to the point that many have stopped carrying them that way. Now you can find them growing in 4-inch pots in early summer.
Like coleus, these give a lot of colorful bang for the buck. The flowers, which are inconsequential, just look like miniature calla lilies (caladiums and callas are in the same plant family). And like coleus, they can be grown as houseplants in a bright window. But their real impact is outdoors, and the colorful leaves show off even in fairly heavy shade.
The flower garden around the Oakwood Village Welcome sign was my grandsons’ (Thomas) Eagle Scout Project. I buy caladiums from you every year. This year I bought the most and gave them to a few friends. I hope to spread the Happiness. Thomas T.
Preparations to honor fallen Officer Kaliloa are evidenced in Puna. Michael Brant, officer Kaliloa’s friend and supporter says the goal is to line the highway with floral tributes as Kaliloa’s funeral procession passes by on Saturdey afternoon. Floral contributions have come from many sources, bothlocal and mainland. Colorful caladium leaves from Happiness Farms Caladium fields in Florida, golden yellow “Doris Duke” pagoda flowers from Oahu’s Shangri La estate, dwarf red heliconian from Pahoa Feed, and dark blue hydrangeas from Victor at Sacred Heart Church, along with anthuriums and tropical rhododendrons from Mt. View Anthuriiums and Olaa Tropical Nursery grace the tributes, with canna flowers from Hana of Kalapana’s canna fields.
Although many local flowers have been damaged by the volcanic eruption and acid rain, you can almost hear the surviving flowers say “Take me, Take me” according to Glagton Bodger, Ph.D. , pomologist emeritus of Nani Mau Botanical Garden. Bodger says we line the procession route witth flowers to show respect and mourning. Kaliloa glorified The Father while here on earth, labored for a kikngdom of love, and entered eternal life. We mourn because we are human, we rejoice because we are Christian, and thank The Father for the gift of Kaliloa’s life and we celebrate the power of Jesus’ resurrection.
Audrey Walther sent us these photos of her Pink Fancy Mixed Caladiums she put in a in kiddie pool; she made holes in the bottom of the pool to make sure excess water can drain out. Great Idea!
I just wanted to share a photo of the beautiful Carolyn Wharton caladiums that I ordered this year. I am a first time customer and plan to be a returning customer in the future. Beautiful plants from healthy bulbs, thank you. The photo was taken on my front porch in Buford, Georgia.
Joanne G. said, “I had fun experimenting with some new colors combinations this summer. We were in the Harvey flood resulting in leaving our beautiful home and yard flooded. ……. now everything is back to normal………with your caladiums”
Galaxy caladiums from Ben Covin who says, “I love my Galaxy caladiums!!!”
Thanks! (to Happiness Farms) They are just beautiful. A perfect match with begonias . .
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This was taken in late summer at my mother’s home. It’s Florida Moonlight with Miss Muffet. The caladiums light up what would otherwise be a dark, uninteresting corner of the garden. Marcus McBrien
Close-up of “Florida Moonlight” with poodle statue used to surround a magnolia tree.
Summer Pink Caladium from Marcia McBrien in metal container.
Vincent Moellering of Lakeland, FL. sent us this picture of Brandywine and Florida Fantasy caladiums
Another happy customer (Cydney Robbins) sent us this picture of her White Mix caladiums.
These are all Caladiums from your farm, I get many wows from the neighbors!
Vincent M.; Lakeland, FL
A customer in Texas sent us this picture to share but asked us not to use their name so here you are anonymous from Texas
THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO SEE WHAT I’VE DONE WITH YOUR CALADIUMS! THIS IS AN OLD GALVANIZED METAL DRESSER. I’VE OPENED UP THE DRAWERS AND FILLED THEM WITH CALADIUM BULBS AND JUST LET THEM DO THEIR THING. YOU CAN’T IMAGINE THE AMOUNT OF COMMENTS I GET ON THIS IDEA! JUST WANTED TO SHARE!
Here is an email from one of our Happy (Happiness Farms) customers–please share your pictures with us
Hello, Early this year I paid a visit to your farm & bought a bunch of bulbs. Now, here in North Carolina they are just beginning to break out of the ground. But I thought you might enjoy seeing last years growth in Wendell NC. Thanks for all your work. Mike Unruh
Make plans now to join us at the Caladium Festival July 27, 28 and 29th.
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