Caladium 'Florida Sweetheart' bulb
Caladium 'Florida Sweetheart' bulb
Caladium Florida Sweetheart
Caladium Florida Sweetheart
Caladium Florida Sweetheart
Caladium Florida Sweetheart
Caladium 'Florida Sweetheart' bulb
Caladium Florida Sweetheart
Caladium 'Florida Sweetheart' bulb
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Caladium Florida Sweetheart

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The beautiful Caladium Florida Sweetheart is a tuberous plant native to the tropical regions of Brazil, belonging to the Araceae family. Renowned for its vibrant foliage, this ornamental aroid is often cultivated in containers or used as a border plant. Its heart-shaped, bright pink leaves with dark pink veins and bright green edges make it a captivating addition to any space, especially with its semi-transparent leaves that sparkle in the sunlight.

General Caladium Info

  • Ships as: Bulb/tuber
  • Plant Type: Herb
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acidic (6.1 – 6.5) to Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
  • Maximum Recommended Zone: Zone 13
  • Other Info: Deer and rabbit resistant, humidity tolerant; Warning: Toxic to cats and dogs

Growing Tips

  • Light, Heat, and Humidity: Caladiums require ample light, heat, and humidity for optimal growth. Ensure they are planted in a bright spot with sufficient warmth and humidity.
  • Starting Your Bulbs: Plant bulbs about 2" deep with eyes facing up, 8-12" apart, in a shallow container with good drainage. Keep the pot in a bright location.
  • Watering: Water generously after planting and maintain slightly damp soil. Roots and sprouts will form in a few weeks.
  • Soil: Use a mix of houseplant potting soil, heather soil, perlite, sphagnum moss, or compressed coconut fiber for optimal growth.

Caring for Your Florida Sweetheart Caladium

  • Patience: Be patient for growth to appear, typically within a few weeks. Once leaves unfold, repot into a larger pot with well-draining substrate.
  • Light needs: Provide bright light and high humidity to enhance the vibrancy of colors. 
  • Humidity: Consider using a humidifier or spraying foliage with filtered water.
  • Fertilizer: During growth, apply diluted liquid fertilizer for indoor plants, avoiding contact with leaves.

Winter Care

  • Preparing for Dormancy: As autumn ends, reduce watering gradually. Once foliage wilts completely, cut down stems, and dig up bulbs. Air dry before storing in a dark, well-ventilated, dry place above 15°C.