Caladium Bicolor is a tender perennial. It is grown from a bulb. They sometimes use it as an annual bedding plant. They also call it Angel Wings, Elephant Ears, Candidum, Malanga, Mother-in-Law Plant, Fancy-leaved Caladium, Pai, Pink Cloud, Taro, Texas Wonder, Via sori. They grow it more for its colorful foliage rather than its flowers.
The leaves are arrowhead-shaped. There are many varieties of colors. The most popular color is deep pink or red with green edges. Caladium bicolor is native to South America. It grows on the banks of the Amazon river. It is part of the Araceae family of plants.
How to grow Caladium bicolor:
Grow Caladium bicolor in partial or full shade. Plant it in acidic, fertile, and humus-rich soil that is well-drained. Caladium bicolor requires moist soil but not soggy. Humidity also helps. Fertilize it regularly during the growing season. And shelter it from the wind.
When planting outdoors, remember to remove the tubers during the cold season. Store them indoors for planting next season. Plant the bulbs with the right side down. That is the shiny side. The bumpy side is the top. This will help 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. This means it is a modified leaf just like a calla lily. Caladium bicolor is usually disease-free. Watch out for slugs and snails.