Angel Wings

Caladium bicolor

Two Coloured Caladium, Heart Of Jesus, Elephant Ear, Fancy-Leaved Caladium, Olifantsoor (Afr.)

profile iconStarr 071024-9740 Caladium bicolor
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profile iconStarr 071024-9740 Caladium bicolor
by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
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The species Caladium bicolor has been used to breed over 1000 cultivars with striking, often brightly coloured, arrow-shaped foliage. This plant grows well under the shaded canopies of forests in warm climates. It is also found growing along river banks and goes dormant during the dry season. Growing popularity as a houseplant.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Winter

Fruiting time

Spring

Harvesting

Harvest fruit/ seeds after flowering period and sow immediately as the seeds don't store very well.

Propagation

Seed

Red seeds with a fleshy seed coat emerge after pollination. The seeds are extremely viable and will germinate after two weeks after sowing immediately. Remember to remove the fleshy seed coat before sowing the seeds as the seed coat inhibits germination.

Division

Division of the tubers during the dormant summer months.

Special features

Wet sites

Great for waterlogged areas as it requires a lot of water in warm climates.

Pot plant

Great indoor plant when placed in a medium to large sized pot. Perfect for the bathroom's windowsill during cold winters.

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Brazil, South and Central America

Natural climate

Subtropical forests

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

Cream

Scent

Mild

Problems

This species has a constant battle with hornworms (Hawk moth caterpillar) and cutworms. The best method to control them is to remove them by hand and to keep monitoring them regularly. Other problems that occur with this species is tuber rot and southern blight. Plant in a well-draining​ soil to prevent fungal infections.
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