|Caladium - Elephant Ear|
CALADIUM - Elephant Ear
Caladiums are showy plants that have large, paper-like, arrow- or heart-shaped leaves. They come in a variety of bright colors such as red, pink, white and green.
TEMPERATURE: Caladiums are tubers and grown only for the summer season.
LIGHT: They must be kept warm (70° - 80°) but away from direct sunlight. They also appreciate high humidity.
WATER: The soil must be kept moist but not saturated. Do not alow the soil to dry out between waterings. Fertilize regularly. A collapsed plant usually indicates non-thorough watering, temperatures too cool or not enough light.
In the fall after the leaves have died back, stop watering and keep in a pot or in peat moss. Store tubers dry at 70°. Plant again in the spring and keep above 70 degrees.
These specialty plants are seldom available but when they are, they are usually grown in 4" or 6" pots.