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Gulf Coast Gardening: Simple Steps for Planting Caladium Bulbs

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Planting caladium bulbs in Florida's sandy soil is simple. All you'll need is a hand trowel, organic fertilizer and your favorite variety of caladium bulbs.

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Planting caladium bulbs in Florida's sandy soil is simple - and full of promise. All you'll need for this easy project is a hand trowel, some organic fertilizer and your favorite variety of caladium bulbs.

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1. Push aside any existing mulch in the area to be planted.

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2. Lay the bulbs on the ground where each will be planted, generally 8 to 10 inches apart. I like to plant them in a random pattern rather than straight rows. This creates a lush, appealing display once they sprout.

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3. Dig a hole approximately 2 inches deep, allowing for the bulb (whatever the size) to end up buried roughly 1½ inches in the ground.

4. Add a tablespoon or so of equal parts blood meal and bone meal as organic fertilizer to the hole. I mix mine together beforehand.

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5. Place the bulb in its hole with the "eye" - the growing point of the bulb - facing upward. I find that planting five to seven bulbs at a time works best. I leave the holes uncovered temporarily to help me track where I've planted.

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6. Cover the holes with soil and return mulch lightly over the top.

7. Water planted bulbs lightly.

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In about four to six weeks your beauties will emerge, once the ground temperatures have warmed to the 70s.

Do you have a favorite caladium variety you can't wait to plant each spring?