All right, let us go deep into the woods and the reason I am taking you back here because many people have a lot of trouble getting things to grow. That are kind of spectacular deep in the woods, it can be hard you do not have much sun, water issues, and things like that. So we are going to go over to take a look at the Caladiums and I have this things called them Elephant Ear in my garden and I want look at that, let us go.
All right, so here I am next to my Caladium, this guy actually enormous, it is bulb. I put this in the garden about June first. The leaves are huge, I mean you can see just how big this are we are talking three feet by two and a half feet across, it is about four and a half to five feet tall and it is deep in the shade. This gets virtually no sun during the entire summer season and it is just keeps going until frost and it gives that real tropical feeling that we have been talking about to the garden.
I actually have it next to the U plant here which of course as a hardy as they come. This thing grows in Northern Maine where is this typically will grow down in the rain forest before you would see them. Again, it is a member of the Caladium family, very easy to grow just above it is plop it in the ground. What I will do is, is this after this get it first frost, I pop the bulb out, I put it down stairs in some saw dust or perhaps in some pit moss and then I will just plant it again next year and I will do the same thing.
All right, little Poko is joining me here in the shade garden and I am going to put him next to Caladium leaf, I do not know how happy his going to be but I am only doing this just to show you look how big this leaf is, it is absolutely huge. Now, of course, Poko is not a big dog but nonetheless the Caladium leaf is about three and a half feet long, two and a half feet wide. This will continue blooming, that thing just so great about this is in the shade and it is virtually gets a little bit of dappled sun during a year, that is about it.
And, if you want to certainly give a conversation piece to your garden check out the Caladium, their really easy to grow, you have just to pop the bulbs in the fall and you can put them back in next spring.