Caladium Galaxy, an often hard-to-find variety, has rich green leaves intersected with broad white veins and accented by cream spots. The plants have upright stalks that rise to as much as 30 inches with a spread of 16 to 24 inches. Caladiums are grown for their showy leaves. In summer they produce clumps of long-stalked, heart-shaped leaves.
Galaxy is a white Fancy Leaf caladium variety. These shade to full sun-loving caladium bulbs or tubers are great for adding easy color to your late spring and summer plantings. Galaxy is considered tall in height (2-2.5 ft). Galaxy caladium bulbs are tropical foliage plants that are easy to grow in landscaping, pots, and planters. Galaxy caladiums have large dark green leaves with a starburst of white central veins, a red dot at the heart, and a sprinkling of light pink spots.
White caladiums make beautiful accents and add contrast and texture against other green foliage and brighten the dark, shaded areas of your landscaping. Caladium bulbs originated in the Amazon Basin, which is why they require and thrive in the warm summer day and night temperatures. Caladiums are from the Araceae family and mix well with other annuals, Hosta’s, ferns, and foliage.
Greenhouse Growing Instructions: Maintain temperature above 70°F even at night. For best results, water should also be 60-70°F, keep evenly moist at all times. Moderate light levels are optimal and no fertilizer is necessary. Generally, finish in 8-10 weeks based on growing conditions.
Transplanting Instructions: Use well-draining potting soil with high organic content. If planting in 4 or 6" pots this variety can be "de-eyed" to increase leaf count and uniformity. Place bulbs flat side down with eyes facing up and cover bulbs with 1.5-2" of soil. Water well.
Fancy leaf caladiums require loose, slightly acidic soil for good root growth and are heavy feeders. Before planting, dig in plenty of peat or pine bark to take care of the first two requirements and add a good dose (1 tbs/plant) of 10-10-10 fertilizer. Plant your tubers 2 to 8 inches (5-20 cm.) apart, depending on size. A fancy leaf caladium’s tubers need warm, about 70 degrees F. (21 C.) soil to grow. If the soil is too cool, the bulbs tend to rot.
In order to thrive, the soil conditions should mimic the soil that “angel wings” grow in their native environment; rich, moist, and well-draining. For the best results, mix a form of organic matter into the soil, such as compost.
USDA Zone: 3-10 Climate: Tropical Wet Common Name: Elephant Ear Color: Green Season of Interest: Spring, Summer Type: Bulbs Life Cycle: Perennial Watering: Medium Genus: Caladium Sunlight: Partial Shade Features: Fast Growing