Turn up the heat with Scarlet Flame!

  • A plant with panache!
  • A true spectacle with vivid red, pink and green patterned foliage
  • Sparkles in sun or shade
  • Grows beautifully in containers and landscapes
  • Thrives in hot, humid weather
  • Matures to 15-20” tall x 8-10” spread
  • Grown as an annual everywhere except USDA Zones 10-11
  • Pronounced “Cuh-LAY-dee-um”

Want a plant that puts on the glitz and enjoys the spotlight? Meet Heart to Heart ‘Scarlet Flame’ caladium! It makes a splash in patio planters, window boxes and in the landscape in both sun and shade conditions. Since it is grown for its jazzy foliage, there’s no need to sweep spent flowers off your porch, plus it won’t lose its vibrant color in the heat of summer. There’s nothing better than Heart to Heart caladiums to bring the warm feel of the tropics to your garden.

How to Grow Caladiums

Whether you like to grow caladiums from bulbs or prefer buying sprouted caladium plants, we’ve got you covered with tips for successfully growing your caladiums. Just choose your preferred method below and follow the link to the instruction page.

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Growing Caladiums from Bulbs

You might like to grow caladiums from bulbs rather than buying sprouted caladium plants if you enjoy the experience of growing things from seeds or roots, and you’re not looking for instant impact.

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Growing Caladiums from Sprouted Plants

If you live where the growing season is relatively short or want plants with instant impact, you may prefer to purchase your caladium as live plant in a container.

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Uses for Caladiums

Caladiums are incredibly versatile plants for all sorts of containers and garden beds outdoors. They also make fun houseplants to help you get through a few months of the winter blues. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Heart to Heart caladiums make unique, bold “thrillers” in container recipes when paired with shorter, mounded to trailing plants. A container filled with lush caladiums is an amazing sight!

Try using ‘Scarlet Flame’ as the centerpiece of our Heartbeat recipe in a 14” flower pot. Add one 4” pot of Catalina® White Linen wishbone flowers and one more of Diamond Snow® euphorbia to finish off the mix. Since all three plants will grow in both sun and shade, it’s a trio you can enjoy just about anywhere around your garden.

Find dozens of caladium container recipes here.

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Garden Beds

Pep up your shade garden by poking a few caladiums in among your hostas, or mass a whole bunch in an underused area of your landscape. Their broad, colorful foliage makes a quick and striking impact.

Once established, caladiums need only average amounts of water similar to the rest of the plants in your garden. Take care to match the sun/shade preferences of your new caladium to the planting site. Since there are caladium varieties that grow in both sun and shade, it should be easy to find one that fits.

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Near the end of the season when outdoor temperatures begin to consistently fall below 60°F, it is time to move your caladium plants indoors if you want to keep them actively growing. It’s possible to continue to grow them as a houseplant for at least a few months until they naturally enter a resting period.

Choose a place indoors that receives bright indirect light. Set the pot on a saucer filled with pebbles and water to keep the humidity up around the plant. Caladiums need humidity to thrive, so a bright bathroom might be the perfect spot for them.

If you purchase your caladium plant in the fall or winter, do your best to keep it warm until you get home and bring it right inside. Do not let it sit in your cold car for any amount of time. This is similar to how you should treat poinsettias.

top 3 reasons to grow Heart to Heart® ‘Scarlet Flame’ Caladium

Here’s a plant that isn’t bashful—it grows to be seen. Watch it take the spotlight in sun and shade.

Looking for something unique for your window boxes or patio planters? Scarlet Flame provides extraordinary pizzazz.

When summer begins to swelter, Scarlet Flame is in its element. It won’t skip a beat on those warm, sticky days.

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Heart to Heart® ‘Scarlet Flame’ Caladium

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