Caladium Plant Care
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Caladium Plant Care

Caladiums are stunning plants that require a lot of light to keep those leaves vibrant and some seasonal care to look after their bulbs….

Caladium Plant Care Summary

Light needs:Indirect sunlight with a little bit of direct sunlight too.
Watering needs:Caladiums like the soil wet but not to stand in water. So keep the soil damp with regular watering.
Fertilizer:Feed weekly in Spring and Summer using a balanced plant feed.
Soil:Well draining, nutrient rich potting compost.
Humidity:Higher end of household humidity.
Temperature:20°C or  70°F is ideal.
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Fungus, as the bulbs/tubers can rot easily.

Intro

Welcome to our caladium plant care guide. The caladium is a real beauty and much loved by indoor and outdoor plant lovers alike. Those leaves though! They grow from tubers (bulbs) that go dormant in the winter when grown outside, although if kept warm inside can grow all year round.

Caladium Light Needs

Caladium love indirect sunlight with a little bit of direct sunlight too. Early morning sunlight is great for them. They can survive outside and will tolerate a some strong sunlight.

Caladium Leaves

How Often to Water A Caladium

Caladiums like the soil wet but not to stand in water. So keep the soil damp with regular watering.

Caladium Fertilizer

You can fertilize caladiums in their growing period (spring and summer) every week using a balanced plant feed.

Caladium Soil

Use a well draining, nutrient rich potting compost.

Caladium Plant Care

When To Repot

You can repot your caladium in spring, make sure it has a good sized pot for the season ahead.

Caladium Humidity

Caladiums like the higher end of household humidity. They do well in most households to be honest.

Caladium Temperature

Caladiums like heat to grow well. 70°F or 20°C is ideal.

Caladium Plant

Where To Buy Caladiums

You can buy the bulbs or whole plants online I got mine from Esty and Plnts.

List of Caladium Varieties And Cultivars

There are over 100 caladiums cultivars, with many having registered patents.
Here we list some of the most popular caladium varieties. My favorite is the White Queen, but the best named is definitely Frog in a Blender!

  • Aaron
  • Autumn Beauty
  • Blushing Bride
  • Bombshell
  • Candidum
  • Candidum Jr
  • Candyland
  • Carolyn Whorton
  • Celebration
  • Cranberry Star
  • Creamsickle
  • Fannie Munson
  • Fireworks
  • Florida Elise
  • Florida Moonlight
  • Florida Red Ruffles
  • Florida Sweetheart
  • Freida Hemple
  • Frog in a Blender
  • Galaxy
  • Gingerland
  • Hearts Delight
  • June Bride
  • Miss Muffet
  • Modern Art
  • Party Punch
  • Pink Beauty
  • Pink Gem
  • Pink Symphony
  • Postman Joyner
  • Raspberry Moon
  • Red Flash
  • Red Frill
  • Rosebud
  • Sangria
  • Scarlet Flame
  • Springfling
  • Strawberry Star
  • Summer Breeze
  • White Cap
  • White Christmas
  • White Dynasty
  • White Queen
  • White Wing
  • White Wonder

Sources: Wikipedia, Farmergracy, Etsy, University of Wisconsin.

Caladium Plant Care – FAQs and Common Issues

Common issues with caladiums include fungus, this can be bad for caladiums as the bulbs/tubers can rot easily. Be careful not to soak the caladiums too much although they do like to be kept moist.

Here’s a few more common questions that come up about Caladiums…

How To Plant A Caladium Tuber?

Soak the bulb for an hour or two in luke warm water before planting up. Then place the tuber with the rounder, smoother side down and the pointed ‘eye’ facing upwards. They should be a good inch or two (4cm) under the soil.

When To Plant A Caladium

If you’re planting caladiums outside May is a good time, as a cold weather spell or frost will stop them growing. They need warm temperature (upwards of 20°C or 68°F) to sprout, which can take a month or two.

Caladium Plant Care

How To Care For A Caladium Indoors

Keep them at about 20°C, keep them moist and keep them in bright indirect sunlight. They will last much longer indoors and can last year round.

How To Care For A Caladium Outdoors

Keep them watered and plant them after the frosts have come. They should be sheltered from midday sun and wind. Water them regularly, mulch is great too, as it will help to keep them moist.

How To Repot A Caladium

You have two options when repotting a caladium: pot it up a pot size, or keep it in the same pot and spilt off part of the plant and pot it up separately. I prefer the second as it gives more plants, you can split a new plant off from the original one by splitting it at the tuber. Make sure you take some shoots and roots with it, and then pot it up in a new pot. You can then pot the old plant back up in it’s current pot an it will have some space.

Should I Soak Caladium Bulbs Before Planting?

You should soak the caladium bulb or tuber for at least and hour before planting as it will help get it started. You can even leave them overnight. Make sure you use luke warm, or room temperature water.

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