Caladium bicolor ‘Florida Beauty’ is a most attractive popular plant which has large heart-shaped leaves with striking green, pink color. All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Scientific Name: Caladium bicolor ‘Florida Beauty’
Synonyms: Caladium bicolor
Common Names: Florida Beauty Caladium, Florida Beauty Heart of Jesus, Caladium.
How to grow and maintain Caladium bicolor ‘Florida Beauty’:
It thrives best in bright indirect sunlight but not direct sunlight that will scorch and damage the leaves.
It prefers to grow in moist but well-drained, fertile, humusy, organically rich, acidic soils.
Water your plant regularly during the growing season and always keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. You can allow the top 1 inch of soil to dry out between each watering. During the winter months, reduce watering.
It prefers an ideal room temperature of 65°F – 75°F / 18°C – 24°C and no lower than 60ºF (15ºC).
Fertilize the Caladium plant weekly during the growing season with a diluted liquid fertilizer or use slow-release pellets.
Caladium can be easily propagated by division of tubers in spring. When dividing a tuber make sure at least one growing eye is available, so a stem can start to grow. It can also be propagated by seed.
Pests and Diseases:
There is no serious pest or disease problems. Aphids and spider mites can be possible problems.