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Caladium humboldtii 'Mini White' (Caladium, Elephants ears)

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Plant description

Caladium humboldtii is a decorative foliage plant, with green leaves splashed heavily with contrasting white markings. Caladiums are tropical plants that 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, the corms can be lifted as they die down, and stored before replanting 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 from offsets from larger corms.

All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.3 metres
Minimum height: 0.15 metres

Maximum width: not specified
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.

Clay: moist.

Sand: moist.

Diseases

Root roots in wet conditions

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Winter.

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

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