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From its inception in 2000 Classic Caladiums (A division of Abbott-IPCO, Inc. Dallas, Texas) has distinguished itself as professional producer of caladium bulbs and pre-finished potted caladiums.  All of our starting production stock came from selected tissue cultured/cloned stock.  The advantages of tissue culture stock are many and include disease elimination, rapid build up of numbers and stock rejuvenation.  In fact our name is a reference to the rejuvenation afforded by the tissue culture process that causes our product to perform similar to how it did when it was first developed by the breeder.  Many commercial caladium varieties were developed in the 1800’s and therefore our product is like a restored “Classic”.  Besides cleaning up and rejuvenating old varieties, we have launched a number of new varieties that have been patented and are available exclusively from Classic.  We are also active cooperators with the University of Florida and other research institutes and botanical gardens around the US.

Our main farm is in Zolfo Springs, FL and our state of the art office, processing and warehouse complex is located in Avon Park, FL. For more on Dr. Hartman and his breeding program, check out this You-Tube video

Our staff includes:
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Gary Henderson – Farm Manager
Gary has been a farmer all his life and has worked for Classic since we began our farming on sand land.  In addition to his excellent farming skills, Gary has provided many mechanical developments for our farming (inc. our bulb washer) and warehouse (inc. the industries most efficient bulb grader) operations. 

Email: ghenderson@classiccaladiumsllc.com

   

Robert (Bob) D. Hartman – President and CEO.
Bob is a University of Florida graduate with degrees in Plant Pathology and Entomology and a minor in Ornamental Horticulture.   Upon graduation, Bob joined the Ball Seed Company.  In 1977 he established his own plant cloning business which he sold to Ciba Geigy in 1984.  Bob has worked for or managed several major horticultural businesses including, among others, Twyford International Inc.

Email:  bhartman@classiccaladiumsllc.com

See Dr. Robert Hartman on You-Tube

 

   

Rachel Wright – Bookkeeper
Rachel is a great no nonsense bookkeeper and a real asset to our company financial management.  Rachel has many business related experiences including managing the books for her husband’s business.

Email: rwright@classiccaladiumsllc.com

   

Virginia Ortegon – Shipping Supervisor
Virginia has been with the company almost from the beginning.  Having extensive experience in grading and packing caladiums, before joining Classic, Virginia is a real asset.  Virginia runs a clean tight shipping department.

   
Production Crew
Thanksgiving 2010

Keeping Classic's extensive farming operation going all year long

   

Ofilia Gamez
Bulb Washing, Weeding and Rogueing
Supervisor 

Ofilia is responsible for the bulbs coming from the field to be clean and properly labeled.  During the growing season she supervises the hand weeding crew and is responsible for the purity of the varieties by rogueing out contaminating varieties (volunteers from the previous crop) and off-types (plants that may have mutated).  Ofilia is a big part of the consistent performance of Classic bulbs.

   

Robert W. Hartman
Assistant Warehouse Manager and Special Research Projects Coordinator. 
Robert is the son of Bob and was the first employee to join Classic in January of 2000.  Robert is a Webber International University graduate in Marketing with a minor in Agricultural Business.  Robert handles much of the warehouse operations (inc. bulb drying and curing, grading and inventory management).  We hand cut and plant 40+ acres of special requirement varieties each year which Robert coordinates.

Email:  rhartman@classiccaladiumsllc.com

 



Classic Caladiums, LLC Commercial Operations
1315 S.R. 64 West ~ Avon Park, FL ~ 33825
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