• About Caladium

    The ideal place in the house for your Caladium

    The Caladium thrives best in bright , indirect light . Place the plant near a window that provides sufficient light. But avoid direct sunlight. This will burn the beautiful leaves. With roots in South America, the plant likes warm, moist temperatures between 20°C to 30°C . Ensure a constant temperature without extreme fluctuations .

    Is the air dry in your home? Then provide a humidifier near your Caladium or spray the leaves regularly with water .

    Caladium assortment
  • Features Caladium

    • Medium thirst
    • Lots of indirect light
    • Not air purifying
    • Toxic to pets

Care of the Caladium

Watering Caladium

The water requirement of a Caladium depends on its size, pot size, ambient temperature and humidity. In general, Caladiums require a moderate amount of water.

So always keep the soil slightly moist. Avoid placing the plant in waterlogged or saturated soil. Caladiums are susceptible to root rot if they live in humid conditions for too long.

You can discover the ideal amount of water by sticking your finger 2-3 centimeters deep into the soil . Does the top soil feel dry? Then it's time to water your plant. If the soil is still moist, wait a little longer before watering.

Tip : Place your Caladium in a pot with drainage holes so that excess water can easily drain away.

Care products for you Caladium

Feed Caladium

Use organic houseplant food for your Caladium. That's good for your plants, better for nature and gentler on your wallet. You only have to use it once or twice a year .

This granule releases nutrients slowly but for a long time and adds important soil life in the form of fungi and bacteria.

Caladium cuttings

Propagating a Caladium cutting is a simple process if you follow the right steps. We are happy to help you get started with a handy step-by-step plan .

  1. Select a healthy mother plant : Choose a mature Caladium with strong and healthy leaves. This ensures that the cuttings have a good start.
  2. Prepare the mother plant : Cut off some leaves from the mother plant, making sure to retain some of the petiole. Choose leaves that are large and healthy, without disease or damage.
  3. Leaf cuttings : Cut the leaf stem into several sections about 5-10 centimeters long. Make sure each section has at least one vein, this helps stimulate root growth.
  4. Treat the cuttings : Allow the leaf cuttings to dry for several hours to a day so that the cuts heal. This prevents the cuttings from rotting during planting.

Planting Caladium cuttings

  1. Choose a suitable planting medium : Use a mixture of organic potting soil and perlite to create a light and well-draining medium for the cuttings.
  2. Plant the cuttings : Carefully insert the leaf cuttings into the planting medium, keeping the cut side down toward the ground. Make sure you insert the cuttings into the medium firmly enough so that they stay upright.
  3. Create a greenhouse environment : Place a transparent plastic bag or glass bell over the cuttings to create a moist and warm environment. This helps protect the cuttings and promotes root formation.
  4. Maintenance and care : Place the cuttings in a warm and bright location, but avoid direct sunlight. Keep the planting medium slightly moist by spraying occasionally.
  5. Root formation : Over time, the cuttings develop roots. Pull very gently to check for root growth. Once sufficient roots have formed, transplant the cuttings into separate pots with normal potting soil.

Pruning Caladium

Pruning a Caladium is not necessary . It is beneficial for the growth and appearance of your plant. Consider removing wilted leaves and the design and aesthetics.

Repotting Caladium

Repotting your Caladium is important to promote the growth and health of your plant . It is important to proceed carefully so as not to damage the roots. Choose a pot that is at least 20% larger than your previous pot. Fill it with fresh organic potting soil and carefully place the plant in the new pot. Make sure the roots are well covered with soil .

It is best to repot in spring or early summer . Then the plant is actively growing.

Typical Caladium Problems

Caladiums are susceptible to some 'typical houseplant problems'.

Does your Caladium suffer from leaf loss ? There are several reasons for this. Too much direct sunlight leads to the burning of leaves, too little sunlight results in yellow leaves and reduced growth. Irregular watering also sometimes leads to leaf loss. So make sure your Caladium has the right lighting conditions and gets regular, moderate amounts of water.

Pests also occur in Caladiums. The pests cause leaf damage. They wilt the leaves and feed on the plant juices. This weakens your plant. Wash away the pests with a damp cloth. Doesn't this work? Then use biological pesticides. Keep a close eye on your plant to detect early signs of pests.

Is a Caladium poisonous?

Yes, a Caladium is poisonous to people and pets . They contain calcium oxalate crystals that, when ingested, cause irritation and inflammation of the mouth, throat and stomach. Pay attention to symptoms such as swelling, burning sensation, red skin, pain and difficulty swallowing.

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