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Caladiums are tropical plants grown for their beautiful foliage. They grow from an underground corm that dies down in winter, and will resprout in spring. There are numerous cultivars with heart shaped leaves that are beautifully coloured and patterned, and may vary from 15 to 60 cm in length. They can be grown as pot plants, as a specimen plant or as massed colour for shaded tropical or sub-tropical areas. In cooler areas they can be grown in greenhouses, patios or indoors, or if grown in the garden, they can be lifted as they die down and replanted in spring.
Caladiums like warmth and humidity, and protection from full sun. They should have regular watering to keep the soil moist, but over watering can lead to rotting of the corm. Regular fertilising with half strength liquid fertiliser will give sturdy growth.
Propagation is by offsets from larger corms.
All parts of the plant are poisonous and should not be ingested.
Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified
Maximum height: 0.5 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: not specified
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Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Clay: not specified.
Root rots in wet conditions
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Types of fertiliser: not specified.