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Angel Wings

Caladium bicolor

Also known as

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

Starr 071024-9740 Caladium bicolor by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Overview

Caladium bicolor was to be in medium light out of indirect sunlight and kept in high humidity, keeping moist but not damp. 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.

Common 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.

    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