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    🌻 Plant Care Guide For Caladium bicolor

    Caladium bicolor

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    Botanical Name: caladium bicolor

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    Caladium bicolor

    Botanical Name: caladium bicolor

    Medium Water

    Medium Light

    Toxic

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    📚 Caladium bicolor Care Guide

    Caladium Bicolor also known as heart of jesus is a species of Caladium that is grown as a houseplant for its large, heart or lance-shaped leaves with striking green, white, pink, and red blotching. It is is used in ethnomedicine for the treatment of boils, wound ulcers and convulsion.
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    💧️ Water - Medium Water
    Moderate Water Needs
    Caladium bicolor requires a moderate amount of water. You will want to allow the top few inches of soil dry in between waterings. As a general rule of thumb, depending on where you have planted and how much light your Caladium bicolor receives, you may need to water once a week.

    Growing Indoors
    If you are growing indoors or in a container, you can always check the moisture of the soil by using your thum or finger. Stick it in the soil -- if it is dry, then you will likely want to water your Caladium bicolor.

    Pot selection is also important to keep your Caladium bicolor from getting too wet. It is important to select a pot with plenty of drainage holes as this will allow excess water to train out of the pot rather than to just sit on the bottom. Drainage holes also allow air to get into the soil from the bottom of the pot. Using a terracotta pot or another type of pot made of a permeable material can also help keepCaladium bicolor from getting too wet. Terracotta and other similar materials allow water to wick away from the soil faster than they would in a plastic pot.

    Growing Outdoors
    If you are growing Caladium bicolor outdoors, the amount of light your plant is receiving is key to determining how often to water your plant. Plants that require moderate water, generally do best if they can get some respite from the sun during the day as it can dry out the soil fairly quickly. If you have planted in a sunny area, you will likely need to water this plant more often than if it is planted in a shady area. The type of soil you plant in is also important. Sandy and loamy soils tend to dry out much quicker. You can always amend soil with organic material such as peat moss or compost to encourage moisture retention.

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    ☀️ Light - Medium Light
    Moderate Light | Partial Shade

    Caladium bicolor can tolerate and grow in moderate light and partially shady areas which means it prefers about 2-4 hours of diffused natural light. Moderate and partial shade plants can tolerate some bright, direct sun, but it's best to give them respite and plant in primarily shady areas of your space.

    When plants like Caladium bicolor grow in moderate light or partially shady areas, you will want to avoid exposing them to direct sunlight unless direct sun is specified as a light need for the plant. In which case it can tolerate a wide range of low light to direct sun conditions and is very forgiving!

    If growing outdoors, you will want to plant Caladium bicolor in a primarily partially shady area that may receive some morning sun (East side).Caladium bicolor is a great option for shade gardens or underneath trees or near fence lines that provide cover from bright sunlight.

    If growing indoors, you can grow this type of plant in a lot of different areas of your house. The only thing to keep in mind is that you'll want to avoid direct sunlight (unless specified) for Caladium bicolor. This means if you are growing near a South-facing window, make sure to place it a few feet away from the window. South-facing windows receive the most amount of bright, indirect and direct light a day. Eastern-facing windows receive light in the morning and afternoon shade, while West-facing windows receive sun in the afternoon. North-facing windows receive the least amount of light and would be great candidates for where to place you Caladium bicolor.
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    🐶️ Pet Toxicity - Toxic
    Toxic To Pets

    Caladium bicolor is toxic to your pet friends. Becareful and keep out of reach of dogs, cats, and other pets.
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    🌎 Hardiness Zone
    Hardiness zones (or Grow Zones) are areas where Caladium bicolor is able to grow outdoors year round.
    If you are located outside of the specified grow zones, you will need to bring your plant indoors during cooler months if you are growing outside. We recommend growing in a container or indoors.


    Zone 9A
    20 to 25 F
    Zone 9B
    25 to 30 F
    Zone 10A
    30 to 35 F
    Zone 10B
    35 to 40 F
    Zone 9A
    Zone 9 offers generally favorable conditions for growing most types of plants outdoors. This zone's coldest temperatures rarely drop below freezing in the winter time.This zone also offers fairly long growing seasons from mid February to early December. It's a great zone for cultivating a winter garden!
    First Frost:
    Early to mid-December is the typical time-frame, but can go as late as late December.

    Last Frost:
    Mid-February is the typical time-frame, but at times it can go up to as laste as first week of March.
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