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.
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.
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
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.
- Spider mites
- Phytophthora Leaf Blight
- Pythium Rot
- Phyllosticta Leaf Spot.
Poison Information: Very poisonous, Level 3