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How to Use Caladiums in Cut Flowers

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As you create a fresh flower arrangement, consider adding caladiums as beautiful accent leaves among the bright blooms. Many varieties of caladiums abound with beautiful heart-shaped leaves that may grow to a generous size. The size of the caladium leaves and their lovely color and shape make these leaves both unusual and striking when you use them to fill in a floral arrangement. Caladium leaves will stay fresh and vibrant for at least three to four days in cut flowers.

Fill the bucket with cool water and take it with you as you go out to cut caladium leaves from the plants. Clip caladium leaves from the plants approximately three hours prior to making the arrangement to allow the leaves to adjust to the shock of clipping.

Clip the long-stemmed caladium leaves with the pruning shears. Remove the stems 1 to 2 inches above the soil level.

Place the caladium stems into the bucket of cool water immediately. Continue clipping as many caladium leaves as you desire for your floral arrangement.

Set the bucket of freshly cut caladium stems aside for two to three hours. During this time, you may notice the leaves wilting from the shock of you removing them from the plants. After allowing them to sit for two to three hours, they will recover.

Fill the vase with cool water. Arrange the flowers in the vase according to your desires. Add the caladium stems as accents in and around the flowers. You might add them only to the outer perimeter of the arrangement or you might place them in and around the center of the arrangement as well.

Keep the vase filled with fresh water by checking it every day. Replace the water with fresh water every two to three days.

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