Caladium | Elephant Ear Plant

Caladium | Elephant Ear Plant

The Caladium Elephant Ear, otherwise known as the elephant ear plant is characterized by large, thin, heart-shaped leaves. This plant originated in South America.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Caladium

Nicknames: Elephant Ear

Origin: South America

Size: The size of Caladium Elephant Ear varies. The leaves alone can grow to be as large as 24 inches in size. The plant likes to be root-bound, so plant it in a smaller pot.

Plant Care

Lighting: The Caladium Elephant Ear prefers very bright indirect light.

Watering: Allow the soil to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant as this can kill the plant.

Fertilizing: Fertilize your elephant ear every 2 weeks, March through December with fertilizer diluted to half strength

Temperature: Between  70°-85.° F, keep away from cold drafts.

Humidity: Caladium requires high humidity, do not mist this plant

Soil: Caladium Elephant Ear does best in well-aerated loose soil + peat moss.

Pruning: Remove yellow and browning leaves

Propagation: Use plant division in the spring. Allow this plant to rest for 5 months beginning in fall. 

Potential Problems: Be sure to remove dust from leaves. Spray with warm soapy water every few weeks to avoid pests. Elephant Ears are susceptible to disease when over-watered.

Pests:

  • Spider mites
  • Thrips

Disease: 

  • Phytophthora Leaf Blight
  • Pythium Rot
  • Phyllosticta Leaf Spot.

Poison Information: Very poisonous, Level 3

 

Caladium | Elephant Ear Plant