Caladium Mint Julep
Caladium Mint Julep
Caladium Mint Julep
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Caladium Mint Julep

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The fancy-leaved Caladium Mint Julep has variegated leaves and somewhat resembles a splash of paint, with pink generally towards the center and green around the edges. It's a tuberous plant belonging to the Araceae family. This ornamental aroid is often cultivated in containers or as a border plant.

General Caladium Info

  • Scientific name: Caladium x hortulanum Mint Julep
  • Ships as: Bulb/tuber
  • Bulb size: 1
  • Plant Type: Herb
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Light Requirements: part to full sun
  • 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
  • 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, combined with heather soil, perlite, sphagnum moss, or compressed coconut fiber for optimal growth.

Caring for Your Caladium

  • Patience: Be patient for growth to appear, typically within a few weeks. Once leaves unfold, repot into a larger pot with the well-draining substrate.
  • Light needs: Caladiums enjoy sun, and bright indirect light enhances the vibrancy of the colors.
  • Humidity: Caladiums love humid conditions. Consider using a humidifier or spraying foliage with filtered water. This helps keep the colors vibrant.
  • Fertilizer: During growth, apply diluted liquid fertilizer for indoor plants, avoiding contact with leaves.
  • Long-term care: It can be grown in the garden or indoors as a houseplant on a veranda or bright windowsill.
  • Pruning: Trimming back the leaves is not necessary.

Elephant ears 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.