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Angel wings

Caladium bicolor

This species is one of 1000 other similar species that is related to the Elephant ear plant. This plant grows well under the shaded canopies of forests in warm climates. It is also found growing along river banks and goes dormant during the dry season.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Winter
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Harvest fruit/ seeds after flowering period and sow immediately as the seeds don't store very well.

Propagation

Seed
Red seeds with a fleshy seed coat emerge after pollination. The seeds are extremely viable and will germinate after two weeks after sowing immediately. Remember to remove the fleshy seed coat before sowing the seeds as the seed coat inhibits germination.
Division
Division of the tubers during the dormant summer months.

Special features

Wet sites
Great for waterlogged areas as it requires a lot of water in warm climates.
Pot plant
Great indoor plant when placed in a medium to large sized pot. Perfect for the bathroom's windowsill during cold winters.

Geography

Origin
Brazil, South and Central America
Natural climate
Subtropical forests

Environment

Light
Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Araceae
Flower colour
Cream on the inside, green and multiple colours on the outside.
Scent
Mild

Problems

This species has a constant battle with hornworms (Hawk moth caterpillar) and cutworms. The best method to control them is to remove them by hand and to keep monitoring them regularly. Other problems that occur with this species is tuber rot and southern blight. Plant in a well-draining​ soil to prevent fungal infections.

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