This is a "strap" Caladium, with long, slender, ruffled foliage and a compact habit.
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Red Ruffles Caladium Bulbs - Pack of 5

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Caladium 'Red Ruffles'

Elegant heart-shaped leaves with a thin green edging.
Now here's a treat -- a compact, brilliant red-and-green Caladium with long ruffled foliage and a terrific tolerance for sun! 'Red Ruffles' is what's called a "strap" Caladium (because of the strap-like shape of the leaves), and is just perfect for planting in sunnier, smaller spaces than the big shade-loving fancy-leaved types can tolerate! However, it's also happy in part shade, so you can put it in front of (or even among) your fancy-leaves for a lovely contrast in texture!

This foliage is so elegant -- long, slender, and deeply ruffled, adding nice texture to any setting. The plant sets its leaves in layers, for a lovely "mounded up" look that really makes the garden or planter look lush! Each leaf is a brilliant strawberry-red with a crisp spring-green edge. Striking!

Unlike fancy-leaved Caladiums, 'Red Ruffles' is tolerant of full sunshine, though it flourishes best if given a bit of shade. This makes it much more adaptable to different garden spots -- and its compact size ensures that it will look great in any space, large or small! Give it well-drained soil and it will take off, combining well in front of fancy-leaved types such as 'Sweetheart', or alongside its "strap" cousin 'White Wing.'

Caladium is easy to grow and very rewarding. The only thing you can really do wrong is to plant the bulbs too early in spring; they need really warm soil, so wait until the garden soil feels pleasantly warm when you sink your index finger into it. Set them "upside down" -- the knobby side up! -- and before you know it, long, furled tendrils will shoot up, each opening to reveal a long, slender, ruffled red leaf! 'Red Ruffles' forms a lush plant just 12 to 14 inches tall, 18 inches wide. (If you're planting a bunch of 'Red Ruffles' in the garden, space the bulbs about 15 inches apart for solid coverage -- and bask in the glory of this attention getter all season!)

This plant remains for many months, asking only to be dug up before the first hard frost and stored in a cool, dark location until next spring!

Genus Caladium
Variety 'Red Ruffles'
Item Form Pack of 5
Zone 8 - 10
Habit Compact
Plant Height 12 in - 14 in
Plant Width 12 in
Additional Characteristics Indoor Growing, Variegated
Foliage Color Medium Green, Red, Variegated
Light Requirements Part Shade, Shade
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Baskets, Border, Foliage Interest, Houseplant, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, Virgin Islands
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Overwintering Cannas, Dahlias, Caladiums, Tuberous Begonias, and Elephant Ears

If you live in colder part of the country, many of the lush, tropical beauties we offer will be tender in your zone, unable to survive the winter. Often gardeners will simply grow these beautiful plants as annuals, just enjoying them for one season. But the serious plant enthusiast rises to the challenge and goes the extra mile to let these plants reach their full perennial potential. If you make the effort to overwinter your tender plants, you can enjoy an increasingly beautiful display every season, and your garden will be all the more elite for the inclusion of these exotic perennials.

One way to keep your tender plants growing is to keep them in a pot so that you can move them indoors or shelter them in a greenhouse. This option is easy and convenient, and lets your plants continue to slowly grow throughout the winter, but a greenhouse also involves some start-up costs and requires that your plants all be in containers.


1. Dig

Dig 12 inches from the plant's crown

Wait until the bloom show has ended and the foliage has started to die off, towards the end of fall. Your plants will tell you when it is time by dying back and going into dormancy. Once your plants are done for the season, take a pair of clean pruning shears and cut back the foliage to just above the ground (about 6 inches, depending on the plant's height). This will give the plant a clear signal that the season is over and it is time to go into dormancy, if it hasn't already. It is important to use a clean pair of shears to avoid introducing rot—rot is your biggest enemy throughout this process, so clean your shears with alcohol to be extra careful.

Now you are ready to dig up your tuber. Move about a foot away from the crown and dig down deep to get underneath of it. Be careful not to pierce the tubers, because again that can promote rot. Circle the plant, loosening up the soil, and then gently lift it out of the ground. Rinse off any remaining soil until you can see all the tubers hanging from the stalks. Cut off any tubers that look rotten, to keep the rot from spreading.


2. Divide

Divide the Tuber into Segments

Next it is time to divide up the plant. This will help it grow healthier next year, and it means that you get more specimens to grace your garden!

First identify the eyes—these can vary from species to species, but they look similar to the eyes of a potato, and this is where new growth will come from next year. Cut up the plant into segments, trying to leave the individual tubers as intact as possible, and make sure that each division has at least one eye.



3. Dry

Dry Your Tubers in a Box.

Now set the tubers out to dry. Leave them out at least 3 days until they are thoroughly dry. Placing them on cardboard can help. Getting the tubers dry will prevent them from rotting.

Lastly, you want to put your dried tubers away for the winter. A cardboard box, wooden box, or basket are all great storage places, as they allow some ventilation. Place the tubers in a medium, like wood chips, sand, or vermiculite, which will insulate and help to prevent rot. This medium should be just slightly moist to keep the tubers from drying out TOO much over winter.

Then place your box in a dark, cool place (50 degrees at most, 35 degrees at the least) over winter. A cellar, garage, basement, or even dark closet might work—if all else fails, set a small refrigerator to 45 degrees and store your overwinter plants there. Don’t forget to label your box so you know what varieties are in it! Check in on your tubers just a few times throughout the winter to make sure they are not rotting or getting too shriveled up. A little bit of shriveling is normal, but if they seem very dry, give them a spritz of water. Remember that the tuber stops "drinking" during dormancy, so they just need a small amount of water to keep them from completely drying out. And if you see signs of rot, throw those tubers out.

That is all there is to it! Next spring you should (fingers crossed) have more healthy plants than ever before, ready to provide you another long season of beauty! You can also get the jump on the season by starting your plants indoors about a month early. Start with a few hours of indirect sunlight and let them adjust slowly to light again before you plant them out.


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