• Tropical Gardens
  • Landscape Accent
  • Houseplant
  • Container Thriller


  • Thrive in Hot & Humid Weather
  • Tropical Appearance
  • Multicolored Heart-Shaped Leaves


  • Full Shade to Full Sun
  • Depends on the Specific Variety

Growing Zones:

Caladiums are tropical foliage plants available in a variety of bright colors. Newer varieties tolerate more sun, but most plants are happy in partial shade. These plants will add an instant tropical vibe to a planting and can be used as a focal point. They make excellent container plants and can be grown indoors over the winter.

Best Time To Plant Caladium

Depending on where you live, you will want to plan accordingly on when to plant your caladium plants either in the ground or in containers. This chart below should help you figure out the best time to plant. We will ship your plants at a safe time to plant as well, so no need to worry about getting your plants too soon before it is safe for the plants to be outside.


When to Plant

Sun or Shade

Containers or in the garden

NW & NE United States & Canada

Early summer

Full sun - light shade.

Caladiums do best in containers in this part of the country and usually need to be in a protected warm location for best results. Like a sunroom or warm patio setting. If growing outdoors select the warmest protected locations in the garden.

SW United States


shade to light shade only

Containers may be easiest but a shady, cool garden spot can also be lovely. Watch your watering to keep the plants from drying out. 


Late Spring

Light shade

Containers are likely best, but a late spring planting into a protected shade flower bed will also be fine.

SE United States


Shade to sun

Both containers and garden plantings work fine, in the deep south Caladiums may even come back the following year if kept dry over the winter.

*Chart Info From Proven Winners

Caladiums are beautiful foliage interest plants that can be used in a variety of ways. They can also be planted outdoors during warmer months and will grow well in shady areas. During winter months, the plants or bulbs can be brought indoors.  The leaves give any space a modern or tropical look. Caladiums grow best with soil that is moist but not too wet. You can plant these in shady areas or in containers. These plants also make great houseplants.