Caladium "Bottle Rocket"

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Native to:  South America

Description:  These fantastically showy plants make a stunning addition to a room. Simply great indoor plants.

(Plant size on delivery: Approx. 45cm with pot)

Difficulty: Moderate

Light: Commonly thought of as shade loving, many caladiums have better colouring when placed in brighter light. Direct sunlight is not advised for most varieties.

Water:  Caladiums can be thirsty plants although of course this will depend on the light levels to which they are exposed. Try to keep the soil slightly damp, with regular, consistent waterings. 

Temp.: These plants enjoy typical indoor temperatures (16-24°C / 64-75 F) 

Humidity: Caladiums love humidity. Kitchens are often good areas for Caladiums as they appreciate the moisture generated from kettles/dishwashers/cooking steam

Fertiliser: Once the plant has acclimatised to its position, a weak solution of general houseplant fertiliser can be applied every 3 weeks throughout summer.  

Potting mix: We use a very well draining potting mix, with a handful of slightly acidic (ericaceous) compost.   

Notes: Caladiums burst into life around May, and fall into dormancy in autumn, appreciating around five months of rest.  When this happens, cut back the old foliage and store the tubers somewhere cool and frost free for winter. Re-water in March and within 4-6 weeks the new shoots should re-appear. Caladiums can be grown outdoors from late May, but remember they are tropical plants and have zero frost tolerance.

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