Botanical name: Caladium bicolor 'Pink Splash'
Native area: Central and South America
Trade names: Caladium 'Pink Splash'
Cultivar inventor: Robert Dale Hartman
Care difficulty: easy
Light preference: bright light without strong direct sun
Minimum temperature: 10°C (50°F)
Optimal temperature: 18-31°C (65-90°F)
Humidity: medium to high
Watering: water when soil is almost dry
Fertilizing: 10-10-10, monthly during growing season
Soil: 30% orchid bark, 30% peat moss, 40% perlite
Speed of growth: fast
Mature size: up to 75cm (2.45ft.) in height
Flower: white spathe
Propagation: by dividing tubers
Pests: scale, spidermites, mealybugs, aphids, thrips, Meloidogyne
Diseases: tuber rot (Fusarium, Pythium., Rhizoctonia, Sclerotium), bacterial (Pectobacterium carotovorum, Xanthomonas axonopodis), Dasheen mosaic virus
Toxicity: toxic (insoluble calcium oxalates)
- if grown as a houseplant, plant tubers in late March, early April and allow them to go through dormancy in the fall
- they can be planted outside when the temperature doesn't fall bellow 10°C (50°F)
- for the dormancy, tubers can be cleaned, dried and stored in paper bags and placed in dark, dry place or they can be left potted in a dry substrate, in a cool but not freezing-cold room.