Gardening in Ypsilanti, MI
Caladium can be bought in pots but if you are willing to wait a few weeks and get your hands dirty, bulbs can be a cheaper alternative. Caladium is a tropical plant so bulbs have to be buried after the last chance of frost or started indoors. If planted directly in the ground, they will take a few weeks to sprout. During this time, it's important not to forget where they are and dig through them or let the area become overgrown with weeds. Most Caladium varieties prefer shady to partial shade and enjoy regular watering. As long as these conditions are met, you should have something interesting to look at all the way though the fall.
Since caladium is a tropical plant, most varieties will not survive a frost and come back the next year. During early October, you can choose to leave your caladium bulbs in the ground or dig them up so they can be replanted next spring. If you choose to dig them up, let them dry completely and store them in a dark, dry area. Caladium bulbs can be replanted for multiple years.