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Caladium bicolour 'Florida Elise' (Caladium)

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Plant description

Caladium 'Florida Elsie' has green leaves splotched with pink. It is a good landscape variety of caladium, as it is a large variety with strong growth. Caladiums are tropical plants grown for their beautiful foliage, and like warmth and humidity. They grow from an underground corm that dies down in winter, and will resprout in spring. 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. Store the tuber in dry peat moss or hang in a mesh bag in a protected place.

Caladiums like 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.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.7 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: moist.

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Late winter to early spring.

Types of fertiliser: Half strength liquid fertiliser applied through the warmer months.

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