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Zhanao Deng, Natalia A. Peres, and Johan Desaeger

(10 cm) to large (≥20 cm) diameters. Tuber de-eyeing is optional; when it is used, it improves pot plant quality. Both cultivars have shown good sunburn tolerance and bacterial blight disease tolerance, and they are suitable for use in a range of

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Zhanao Deng, Brent K. Harbaugh, and Natalia A. Peres

caladium cultivars with novel colors, coloration patterns, increased tuber yield potentials, sunburn tolerance, and enhanced container and landscape performance. Toward these objectives, three new cultivars had been developed and they were released in 2015

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Zhanao Deng and Natalia A. Peres

tolerance was evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being very susceptible to sunburn (leaves having numerous sun-damaged areas or holes) and 5 being resistant to sunburn (no visible sun-damaged areas). Evaluations of plant performance and sunburn tolerance

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Zhanao Deng, Brent K. Harbaugh, and Natalia A. Peres

excellent sunburn tolerance ( Wilfret 1991b ). UF 4412 ( Fig. 1 ) and UF 4424 ( Fig. 2 ) are attractive lance-leaved cultivars with novel, distinct combinations of plant and foliar characteristics. UF 4412 leaves are heart-shaped like ‘Florida Sweetheart

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Zhanao Deng and Brent K. Harbaugh

) in a 20.3-cm pot. Photograph was taken 8 weeks after the tubers were planted. Fig. 2. Caladium 75-14 plants grown in a ground bed in full sun and showing excellent vigor and sunburn tolerance. Origin Caladium 75-14 was initially selected in 2002 as

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Zhanao Deng, Natalia A. Peres, and Johan Desaeger

’s needs. In response to growers’ request, this program released four new lance-leaved cultivars in 2020 and 2021. These new cultivars have novel colors or coloration patterns and are also improved in tuber yield potential, sunburn tolerance, and/or leaf

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Zhanao Deng and Natalia A. Peres

Open Fields ‘Sea Foam Pink’ was evaluated in 2015 and 2017 in the same field plots used for evaluating tuber production for plant growth, leaf color display, and sunburn tolerance. Growing conditions are described in the preceding section. A scale of 1

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Zhanao Deng and Brent K. Harbaugh

higher quality pot plants, and showed better performance in the landscape than ‘Marie Moir’ and is improved over ‘Marie Moir’ in tuber yield. ‘UF 85-5’ is much improved over ‘Cranberry Star’ in sunburn tolerance and landscape performance. These

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Zhanao Deng, Brent K. Harbaugh, and Natalia A. Peres

for its bright color, compact growth habit, excellent sunburn tolerance, and chilling resistance. ‘Florida Blizzard’ was developed from a cross between ‘Aaron’ and ‘White Christmas’ and was released for commercial production in 2002. ‘Florida Red

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Zhanao Deng, Brent K. Harbaugh, and Natalia A. Peres

of vigor) and 5 being excellent (full plants, numerous leaves, and bright color display). At the same time of plant performance evaluation, leaf sunburn tolerance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being very susceptible to sun burns and showing