How to Grow Caladium Plants

Caladium prefer Indirect light or moderate shade indoors. A good rule of thumb is the narrower the leaves are the greater the plants ability to withstand direct sun. Never allow to dry out and keep humidity as high  The warmer the better. Aim for 70º if possible"tubers begin to grow around 70º. Caladium prefer Rich, well-drained soil. Fertilize weekly during the growing season with liquid or use slow-release pellets every 6 months. Mature tubers can be divided; make sure that each new tuber section has at least one shoot. Indoors or out, caladium are a seasonal plant, with foliage in the summer and a rest period in the autumn or winter. Their rest period isn't determined by temperature or light cycle, but by how long the plant has been growing. After the leaves begin to die back in the fall, either keep the tubers in the same pot (keeping it dry) or remove, clean and put into sawdust or sand to store. Store tubers above 55ºF to minimize loss of healthy tubers. Plant them out again when the next growing season begins. We recommend buying only tissue culture grown plants vs. bulbs as bulbs may carry unwanted pathogens. Caladiums are a seasonal plant even in the tropics. In the home situation, they'll do best with lots of heat, bright but indirect light, and lots of humidity. But even under the best conditions, caladiums only last a few months before their leaves start to die back and the plant goes dormant. This is normal, use large planting masses as a striking summer accents or conversation piece. When they die back, save the bulbs and replant next year.

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