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Fancy-leafed Caladium
Scientific Name: Caladium bicolor Vent.
Family: Araceae
Fancy-leafed Caladium (Caladium  bicolor) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 12-13,16-17,22-27 or houseplant
USDA: 10-11

Sun Exposure: Shade

Origin: Tropical America

Growth Habits: Tuberous perennial, up to 2 feet tall or more

Watering Needs: Frequent watering, keep the soil moist but needs good drainage

Propagation: Tubers, seeds

The fancy leaf caladiums are divided in 3 categories, red, pink, and white. the leaves measure typically between 8 and 12 inches long (20 to 30 cm), but can be much bigger.
Caladium juice is toxic, if ingested it can cause swelling of the mucous membranes.

Fancy-leafed Caladium (Caladium  bicolor)

Fancy-leafed Caladium (Caladium  bicolor)

Cultural Practices:
Plant bulbs outside in early summer, or inside in February-March. Set them 2 inches deep (5 cm), 2 to 10 inches apart (5-25 cm) depending on the bulb size. The plants should be kept above 70F (21C). Apply light fertilizer every 6 weeks. Beware of slugs and snails. Dig and store the tubers for the winter.

Blooming Habits:
Greenish flowers.

Fruiting Habits:

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