Caladium Bicolor

Caladium Bicolor is a tender perennial grown from a bulb. It is sometimes used as an annual bedding plant. It is known by many names such as Angel Wings, Elephant Ears, Candidum, Malanga, Mother-in-Law Plant, Fancy-leaved Caladium, Pai, Pink Cloud, Taro, Texas Wonder, Via sori. It is grown more for its colorful foliage rather than its flowers. The leaves are arrowhead-shaped and in many varieties of colors, the most popular is the deep pink or red-green ones. Caladium bicolor is native to South America to be more precise banks of the Amazon river.

Caladium bicolor
Caladium bicolor

Plant Caladium bicolor in partial or full shade in acidic and fertile, humus-rich soil and well-drained. Moisture is important to Caladium bicolor, fertilize it regularly during the growing season and also shelter it from the wind. If you plant them in bedding outdoors you might need to remove the tubers and keep them indoors. When planting the bulbs you can plant it with the right side down, that is the shiny side the bumpy side is the top, this helps it germinate faster, but they will grow even if you don’t get it right. Plant them about 1.5in or 4cm deep. Caladium bicolor flower is spathe which means it is a modified leaf just like a calla lily. Caladium bicolor is usually disease-free but watch out for slugs and snails.

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