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Prefinished Caladiums for Commercial Growers Bates Sons & Daughters

Capital Caladiums Company is a pre-finished caladium pot company. Sheri Bates and Terri Bates, owners of Bates Sons & Daughters, also own and operate Capital Caladiums. It was started in 1987 because they felt there was a need in the greenhouse industry for pre-finished caladiums. Today greenhouse growers all over the country as well as landscape companies are using pre-finished caladiums.

Advantages for Greenhouse Growers:

  • Saves heat and bench time. Pots, regardless of size, should finish out in 3-5 weeks.
  • All de-eying, dependent upon pot size and variety, is done before planting.
  • Fertilization is already done.
  • Unlike a finished caladium pot shipped out of FL, these caladiums will acclimate to their new environment and will not be past their peak upon arrival.
  • Each pot is tagged by variety with specific variety picture, growing instructions, and sun tolerance.
  • If the customer has a branded pot or tag, we can pot their order with their pots or tags.
  • There is no minimum if a heated truck can be arranged.
  • All varieties offered by Bates Sons & Daughters are available to the pre-finished customers.
  • Basically, unpack the rack or boxes, spread the pots, water, and keep temperatures above 65F.
  • All the work is done but the selling!

Advantages for Landscape Companies:

  • In the summer, a pre-finished caladium will finish out in 7 days with landscape plantings.
  • Resorts are using them as a summer crop rotation in place of impatiens.
  • No pinching, spraying, or fertilization is recommended or necessary after planting.
  • The plant will acclimate to the new environment as it continues to throw more leaves.
  • One 4” pot on 12” spacing makes a full bed.
  • Caladiums can tolerate high heat conditions.
  • All Caladiums do well in the shade but there are numerous varieties that are full sun tolerant even during FL summers.
  • The landscape company can select their varieties up to 3 weeks ahead- everything is potted to order.

Bates Sons & Daughters is now a wholesale only operation. Anyone is welcome to view this site but it is for the benefit of commercial growers.

Thanks from the Bates Family - Dot, Don, Sheri and Terri

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