Welcome to our guide to the Moonlight Caladium, covering all you need to know about care and propagation…
Moonlight Caladium Care Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight, some direct.|
|Watering needs:||Check them each week, only water if almost dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced fertilizer every 2 weeks in Spring and Summer|
|Soil:||Add 10% or 20% perlite to a good potting compost.|
|Humidity:||50% or more.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Dormancy from cold temperatures, overwatering.|
Moonlight Caladiums are known for their striking moonlight white leaves.
Bright indirect sunlight is ideal. They can take some direct sun too, as long as you acclimatize them gradually.
How Often To Water Moonlight Caladium
Let them dry out until they are slightly damp, then water again. Check them each week, but twice a week in summer.
You can use a balanced fertilizer every 2 weeks in Spring and Summer to encourage growth.
Use a rich and well draining mix, you can add 10% or 20% perlite to a good potting compost to aid drainage.
When to Repot Moonlight Caladium
You can repot them each year, especially if they go dormant. IF the pant has grown and the bulbs have divided into more, you can take some bulbs out and pot them up separately the following year to get more plants.
They like humidity, aim for 50% or more.
A good range is 15-25°C (59-77°F) during the day and try to keep them above 10°C (50°F) at night.
How to Propagate Moonlight Caladium
The best way to propagate caladiums is to split them at the base. You can even do this when they are dormant, by taking out some bulbs to pot up separately.
How To Plant Moonlight Caladium Bulbs
You need to plant the bulb with about 2 or 3 cms of soil above it (an inch) and the eye needs to be pointing upwards.
Are Moonlight Caladiums Sun Tolerant?
They can tolerate some early morning and late afternoon sunshine. It is best to acclimatize them slowly.
Caladium Moonlight Vs White Christmas
The can be easily told apart as the caladium white Christmas has much more pronounced veins, the moonlight has much thinner and slender veins.
Where To Buy
Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
FAQs and Common Problems
Keep them away from freezing cold as this can turn them dormant or even kill them off for good. So bring them in during frosts.
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