Caladium: colorful foliage

Caladium: colorful foliage

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Caladium is the delight of our homes and apartments thanks to its great decorative power and unique foliage.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Caladium
Family : Araceae
Type : Houseplant

: 0.8 to 1 m indoors
Exposure : Very bright
Ground : Soil

: Persistent

Planting caladium

Upon purchase, if the pot is too small, feel free to repot the plant so that it can develop properly.

Repot a potted caladium:

Then, every 2 to 3 years and preferably in the spring, repot your caladium in a pot with a slightly larger diameter.

  • The roots of caladium fear excess water.
    Make sure the pot is well drilled at the bottom.
    Improve drainage by placing a bed of gravel or gravel at the bottom of the pot. clay balls to facilitate the flow of water.
  • A good soil is necessary.
    Caladium, when it lives indoors, needs potting soil because only that will provide it with the nutrients it needs.

Caladium exposure

The best place to install your caladium is near a window which lets the light pass but without too direct sun, especially during the hottest hours.

  • he fear too much sun if it causes the plant to dry out.
  • The more light the caladium receives, the more beautiful its foliage.
  • Avoid the proximity of a heat source like a heater because this tropical plant needs humidity.

The temperature ideal is around 20-21 °.

Caring for caladium

At the end of winter, if your caladium has lost a lot of leaves, do not hesitate to cut back the leaves, this will stimulate the arrival of new shoots and will rejuvenate your plant.

Remove damaged leaves as you go by cutting at the base.

> Watering of caladium

Caladium is a greenhouse plant and likes heat and humidity. Regular but moderate watering is therefore necessary.

Throughout the year and especially in summer, mist the foliage to recreate the humidity of its natural environment.

  • Watering caladium in spring and summer:

Hold the slightly moist potting soil and make sure that the water flow is correct.

Add liquid green plant fertilizer every 8 to 15 days or so during this growing period

Regularly spray the foliage with preferably non-hard water.

  • Watering caladium in the fall and winter:

Reduce watering so that you wait until the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.
Stop adding fertilizer.

Caladium diseases

Common diseases of houseplants are mainly found,red spider, the aphids and the cochineal.

Good to know about caladium

A wonderful houseplant, caladiumm is nonetheless toxic on all parts of the plant whether by absorption or contact

It must be handled with gloves to avoid any risk of poisoning.

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