Caladium has beautiful colorful leaves which can’t tolerate the cold temperature. Do you really know that can you grow caladium indoors? Or how to care? Don’t worry it’s a little challenging to have this plant in your house but today at Growncares we will discuss caladium complete care guide. So you will be having such a beautiful plant in your house plants collection and surely you will be happy. Many other houseplants have the same situation like crocodile fern can also have abilities to bear cool temperature.
Warmer temperature between 18-35 degrees celsius will be awesome to have a healthy plant and its normal temperature for house plants.
Indirect sunlight is suitable or a shady area where it can receive filtered light. Near a window will be a perfect place to provide indirect sunlight but such an area can be dangerous for leaves because of extra bright light during the peak hours of sun. Low light can be effective but good and bright light conditions will make the plant healthy and you will find beautiful growing leaves. Direct sunlight will burn the leaves or your plant’s leaves with turn brown or crispy.
It loves a moist environment and doesn’t let the soil dry. Always water the plant when you feel that the topmost layer of soil is looking dry.
Caladium loves a well-drained potting mixture that is rich in nutrients and you can also add a perlite mixture for better conditions and drainage.
It loves high humidity and choose an area where it can receive bundles of humidity. In case of low humidity you can try two methods:
- Select a suitable flat type tray and fill it with water, and gently place your pot in this. Make sure that roots are safe and water is not reaching them, otherwise it can cause root rot. This method will work for a single plant and it will increase the humidity level around one plant or too small area.
- The second one is through a humidifier. It is really amazing thing for gardeners, it will increase the humidity around a large area and it will work for many plants.
You can also mist the leaves of plants but too much or extra water on the leaves will invite fungal infection and different pests.
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slow-release pellets or liquid fertilizers can be used during growing seasons in springs and summer. Over-fertilizing will invite different diseases so always fertilize after the time interval of 30 days.
It is not necessary but it will help your plant to grow some new and beautiful leaves. After the end of winter, you can cut down some overgrown leaves or some affected leaves which have changed their colors, so it will allow your plant to grow better with some new and beautiful leaves.
Caladium Disease And Problems
You can spot some common pests and diseases which are found with other house plants and a few of them are:
- red spider mites
Different diseases like yellow and brown leaves can come because of less care. Mostly it’s because of water and light conditions, so provide proper care to have a healthy plant.
It is a seasonal plant in different tropical regions are thrives in hot conditions. It will survive better under proper care like water, light, and humidity conditions, and under such amazing care, plant leaves will start dying after 3-4 months of their life. It’s natural and you don’t need to be worried about that. Always provide proper care to your plant and read Growncares to make them more healthy.