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CALADIUM - Elephant Ear

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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.