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‘Freida Hemple’ caladium

Caladium bicolor 'Freida Hemple'

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C. bicolor is a tuberous-rooted perennial of garden origin often grown in containers, as annuals, and as indoor plants. The large, heart-shaped leaves of ‘Freida Hemple’ caladium are edged in bright green and have bold red centers. Caladiums are excellent choices to add color, texture, and form to shady areas.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsStriking red and green leaves. Excellent in shade.

CareNeeds plenty of water, heat, and high humidity. Also prefers slightly acidic soil and part to full shade. Protect from strong winds. Lift and store tubers in the fall and store almost dry in a cool location. Also grown as house plants year-round, where they need bright filtered light, ample water, and high humidity during the growing season.

PropagationDivide in spring; dust cut portions with fungicide.

ProblemsTuber rot, Southern blight, leaf spot, root-knot nematodes. Indoors, aphids and spider mites may be problems.

  • Genus : Caladium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Uses : Containers
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White

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