I bought these caladiums 2-3 wks ago at Lowe's because I wanted some color in my shady front yard. They were floppy when

by Louise
I bought them but, never having had caladiums, I thought they'd stand up straight when put into a larger pot. But they're still floppy. If I put them into the ground, will it make a difference? If not, is there anything I can do to make them stand up? I see pix all the time of upright caladiums. These are disappointing. :-(
i bought these caladiums 2 3 wks ago at lowe s because i wanted some color in my, gardening
  5 answers
  • Walter Reeves Walter Reeves on Aug 05, 2012
    They were likely shaded a bit when the leaves were produced....probably by neighboring plants in the greenhouse. These leaves won't stand up but new leaves will if you fertilize now.

  • Louise Louise on Aug 05, 2012
    OK, I'll add fertilizer. Thanks. I thought these were supposed to be shade plants, so wondering why being shaded in the greenhouse would hurt them? Should I cut these off, or cut them off when new leaves start to grow?

  • Walter Reeves Walter Reeves on Aug 05, 2012
    yes, they can grow in semi-shade...but they got too much in the greenhouse

  • Sharron W Sharron W on Aug 05, 2012
    Some Miracle Grow will help them improve...I wouldn't cut all the leaves until they have some new ones to help them thrive....remember they need good drainage too... I love my caladiums...

  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Aug 05, 2012
    Louise, I am certainly not an expert but when I have experiences like yours the first thing I do is change the environment - meaning move them to another area. All the water & food will not save a plant that is in the wrong environment.