Plant profile

Caladium ‘Pink Splash’

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Botanical name: Caladium bicolor 'Pink Splash'

Family: Araceae

Genus: Caladium

Native area: Central and South America

Trade names: Caladium 'Pink Splash'

Cultivar inventor: Robert Dale Hartman

Patent: USPP23792P2

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

pH: 6-6.5

Repotting: yearly

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)

Notes:
- 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.

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