Caladium Cultivars 'Cosmic Delight', 'Fiesta', and 'Hearts Desire'

Caladiums are commonly grown in containers, hanging baskets, or planted directly in the landscape as accent and border plants. New caladium cultivar introductions are important to the Florida caladium industry, the greenhouse/nursery industries, and commercial landscape maintenance companies. The UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center released three new caladium cultivars, ‘Cosmic Delight’, ‘Fiesta’, and ‘Hearts Desire’, in 2015. This 7-page document describes the characteristics, production potential, and performance of these cultivars. Written by Zhanao Deng and published by the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department, December 2017.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep545

Bloomify Red and Bloomify Rose, Two Infertile Lantana camara Cultivars for Production and Use in Florida

Lantana camara is a popular nursery and landscape plant in the United States; however, it is listed as a Category 1 invasive species to Florida due to its ability to hybridize with Florida’s native plant species Lantana depressa. In 2004, the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center initiated a research program to develop two highly infertile L. camara cultivars, ‘Bloomify Red’ and ‘Bloomify Rose’. This five-page document discusses the production and characteristics of these cultivars. Written by Zhanao Deng and Sandra B. Wilson and published by the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department, October 2017. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep544

Sizzle and Passionista: Two New Lance-Leaved Caladium Cultivars

'Sizzle' plants (about 5-months-old) grown in full sun.Many lance-leaved cultivars often produce small tubers, making it difficult for growers to produce tubers profitably. ‘Sizzle’ and ‘Passionista’ are two new lance-leaved caladium cultivars with improved tuber yield potential. The availability of ‘Sizzle’ and ‘Passionista’ may expand the color palette for caladium plants desired by greenhouse growers, nurseries, and gardeners. This 7-page fact sheet discusses the cultivars' tuber yield potential, container trials, landscape performance, growing recommendations, and availability. Written by Zhanao Deng, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, December 2015.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep527

Alternatives to Invasive Plants Commonly Found in South Florida Landscapes

Ernodea littoralis, Beach creeper is a native an alternative to Gold coast jasmineBased on years of UF/IFAS research producing and trialing cultivars, this 5-page fact sheet lists native and non-invasive, non-native ornamentals as alternatives to invasive plants commonly used in Florida landscapes. Only plants considered to be generally available in the nursery trade are listed. Alternative plants are similar to respective invasive plants as much as possible in terms of size, habit, texture, and flower color. Written by Gary W. Knox, Sandra B. Wilson, Zhanao Deng, and Rosanna Freyre, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, September 2013.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep483

’Fairytale Princess’ and ’Red Hot’: Red Lance-leaved Caladium Cultivars

Figure 1.  ‘Fairytale Princess’ plant (about 6 weeks old) forced from four No.1 (1½ to 2½ inches in diameter) tubers in an 8-inch container (2011). Credit: Gail Bowman (UF/IFAS/GCREC).Caladiums are valued in landscapes and containers for their colorful and variable-shaped leaves. Two types of caladium cultivars exist in commercial production: fancy- and lance-leaved. ‘Florida Sweetheart’ is the most popular lance-leaved commercial cultivar of all colors. It produces wide lance leaves with a rosy color and relatively large tubers. ‘Florida Red Ruffles’ is the most popular red, lance-leaved commercial cultivar among caladium growers, greenhouse growers, and nurseries. It has excellent sunburn tolerance. Both cultivars were introduced by the University of Florida (UF) caladium breeding program. This 9-page fact sheet was written by Zhanao Deng, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, August 2013.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep481

New Gerbera Daisy Varieties for Large Containers and Flower Gardens

 Figure 2.  Flower of ‘FuntasticTM Tangerine Eye’. Credit: Gail T. Bowman (UF/IFAS/GCREC)Gerbera daisy is one of the most popular flowers in the United States. Recently, interest has increased in growing gerberas in large containers for indoor or outdoor use. ‘Funtastic™ Tangerine Eye’ and ‘Funtastic™ Golden Eye’ have been selected and tested specifically for use in large containers. These cultivars produce large, powdery mildew-resistant plants and large, attractive flowers in orange-red or yellow-orange that complement the existing Funtastic™ series of gerbera cultivars. This 8-page fact sheet was written by Zhanao Deng, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, September 2013.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep482

Alternatives to Invasive Plants Commonly Found in Central Florida Landscapes

Professor Sandra Wilson gathers berries from the nandina species of plant at the Indian River REC in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Ornamentals, native and non-native, invasive and non-invasive landscape plants. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.Based on years of UF/IFAS research producing and trialing cultivars, this 3-page fact sheet lists native and non-invasive, non-native ornamentals as alternatives to invasive plants commonly used in Central Florida landscapes. Only plants considered to be generally available in the nursery trade are listed. Alternative plants are similar to respective invasive plants as much as possible in terms of size, habit, texture, and flower color. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Gary W. Knox, Sandra B. Wilson, Zhanao Deng, and Rosanna Freyre, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, August 2013.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep468

Alternatives to Invasive Plants Commonly Found in North Florida Landscapes (ENH1206/EP467)

Professor Sandra Wilson gathers berries from the nandina species of plant at the Indian River REC in Ft. Pierce, Florida.  Ornamentals, native and non-native, invasive and non-invasive landscape plants.  UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.Based on years of UF/IFAS research producing and trialing cultivars, this 3-page fact sheet lists native and non-invasive, non-native ornamentals as alternatives to invasive plants commonly used in Florida landscapes. Only plants considered to be generally available in the nursery trade are listed. Alternative plants are similar to respective invasive plants as much as possible in terms of size, habit, texture, and flower color.was written by Gary W. Knox, Sandra B. Wilson, Zhanao Deng, and Rosanna Freyre, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, August 2013.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep467

UF-T3 and UF-T4: Two Sterile Lantana camara Varieties (ENH1202/EP463)

Figure 4. UF-T4 lantana flowers and inflorescences grown outdoors in ground beds in full sun. Lantana camara plants are valued for their bright flower color, butterfly attraction, tolerance to harsh environmental conditions, low maintenance requirements, and ease of propagation and production. But many existing varieties can be weedy or invasive when grown in tropical and subtropical regions. So in 2004, UF/IFAS started a program to develop sterile L. camara varieties with little to no invasive potential.
This 8-page fact sheet introduces the recently released UF-T3 and UF-T4 lantana varieties that have resulted from these breeding, selection, and testing efforts. Written by Zhanao Deng, David M. Czarnecki II, Sandra B. Wilson, Gary W. Knox, and Rosanna Freyre, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, August 2012.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep463

'Strawberry Star': A Spotted, Fancy-Leaved Caladium for Use in Containers and Landscapes (ENH1201/EP462)

Figure 1. 'Strawberry Star' caladium plants grown in ground beds in full sun'Strawberry Star' is a fancy-leaved variety with a primarily white leaf face and attractive red spots. It is similar to 'Marie Moir' in leaf color and coloration pattern but different from 'Marie Moir' in petiole color. Compared to 'Marie Moir', 'Strawberry Star' sprouts earlier, produces high-quality container plants, demonstrates better landscape performance, and yields more tubers. These improvements make 'Strawberry Star' a desirable replacement for 'Marie Moir' and an additional sun-tolerant variety for the landscape plant palette. This 5-page fact sheet was written by Zhanao Deng, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, August 2012.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep462

'Summer Pink': A New Pink, Fancy-Leaved Caladium Variety (ENH1200/EP461)

Figure 1. 'Summer Pink' plants produced by forcing de-eyed No. 1 tubers in 5-inch square containers.‘Summer Pink’ is a new fancy-leaved caladium variety developed by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) caladium breeding program for use in large containers and shady locations in the landscape (Deng and Harbaugh 2012). Leaves of this variety have a pink face and pink veins. In replicated field and greenhouse trials, ‘Summer Pink’ performed comparably or better than ‘Fannie Munson’ and ‘White Queen’, two pink caladium varieties commonly used in containers and landscapes. This 4-page fact sheet was written by Zhanao Deng, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, August 2012.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep461

‘Cherry Tart’: A Dwarf Red Lance-Leaved Caladium Variety (ENH1184/EP445)

'Cherry Tart' plantsThis 5-page fact sheet introduces a new lance-leafed caladium variety that was released in April 2011. It has bright red color, slightly undulate leaf margins, and a broadly cordate leaf shape. Written by Zhanao Deng and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, August 2011.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep445

‘Tapestry’: A Pink Fancy-Leaved Caladium Variety for Containers and Landscapes (ENH1183/EP444)

Tapestry caladiumMove over ‘Carolyn Whorton’, there’s a new variety of fancy-leaved pink caladium coming on the scene. ‘Tapestry’ is intended for use in large containers and landscapes. This 5-page fact sheet was written by Zhanao Deng, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, August 2011.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep444

ENH1170/EP431 New Gerbera Daisy Varieties for Large Containers and Flower Gardens

ENH1170, a 6-page illustrated fact sheet by Zhanao Deng, describes six new varieties of this popular brightly colored flower that have been released recently by the UF/IFAS gerbera breeding program — descriptions, powdery mildew resistance, availability, greenhouse production and plant care in large containers or flower gardens. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, July 2010.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep431

ENH1139/EP400 ‘Berry Patch’ – A New University of Florida Caladium Variety for Use in Sunny Landscapes and Containers

ENH1139, a 6-page illustrated fact sheet by Zhanao Deng and Brent K. Harbaugh, describes this new, spotted, fancy-leaved caladium variety with superior tuber yields — origin, description, tuber production, landscape performance, container forcing, and availability. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, October 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EP400

ENH1109/EP372 ‘UF-331’ and ‘UF-340’ – Two University of Florida Dwarf Caladium Varieties for Containers and Landscapes

ENH-1109, a 7-page illustrated fact sheet by Zhanao Deng, describes these two new lance-leafed caladium varieties with novel combinations of foliar characteristics — their origin, description, tuber production, container forcing and performance, landscape performance, recommendations and availability. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, January 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EP372

ENH1007/EP258 2003 Survey of the Florida Caladium Tuber Production Industry

Revised! ENH-1007, a fact sheet by Z. Deng, B.K. Harbaugh, R.K. Schoellhorn, and R.C.
Andrews, reports the results of a survey of Florida caladium growers and industry to gather demographic information, to understand the industry’s needs, and to identify the leading cultivars grown commercially in Florida. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, December 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EP258

ENH1105/EP369 ‘Cranberry Star’ – A New University of Florida Caladium Variety

Figure 1. 'Cranberry Star' plant produced by forcing one de-eyed No. 1 tuber (1½ - 2½ inches in diameter) in a 4½-inch square pot. Photo was taken eight weeks after the tuber was planted in the pot.
ENH1105, a 4-page illustrated fact sheet by Zhanao Deng, describes this unique new caladium variety with bright white leaves, green veins, and bright purple spots — its origin, description, tuber production, container forcing, landscape performance, and availability. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, November 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EP369

ENH-1106/EP370 ‘UF-404’ – a New University of Florida Caladium Variety for Use in the Container and the Landscape

Figure 1.  'UF-404' plants forced in containers. Plants from one intact (left) and one de-eyed (right) No. 1 tuber (1½ - 2½ inches in diameter), planted in 4½-inch square pots and photographed eight weeks after planting.
ENH-1106, a 6-page illustrated fact sheet by Zhanao Deng, describes this red, lance-leafed caladium variety with a nuique coloration pattern — its origin, tuber production, container forcing, landscape performance, chilling resistance and availability. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, November 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EP370