The Moonlight Caladium is a show stopper from the “elephant ear” group of plants (along with Alocasia, Colocasia, etc.) belonging to the Araceae family. People grow Moonlight Caladium for the other-worldly, translucent white-colored, heart-shaped foliage. The leaves are light and papery and have light green veins on them. The plant has an attractive mound-like growth habit and reaches a moderate size making it suitable for indoor growing. But is it a great species for mass planting as well.
You can grow Moonlight Caladium from bulbs. The plant has no stems, so the leaves emerge straight from the bulbs on fleshy but erect petioles. Irrespective of which part of the world you grow Moonlight Caladiums, behave like annuals. The plant bulbs go dormant periodically and the leaves die out. But they grow back if the bulbs are saved for the next growing season. Moonlight Caladiums care isn’t that easy. So please go through the care guide carefully if you wish to grow them successfully.
Moonlight Caladium Care The primary care requirement when you grow Moonlight Caladium is soil temperature. It needs to be a minimum of 70°F (20°C) before you start the plant and stay consistently above this for the entire growing season. The second vital element is moisture and humidity both of which are needed in relatively high measures. They need loose, well-draining soil rich in organic content with regular potash and phosphorus-rich fertilizations throughout the summer months.
Bulb Size & Bulb Diameter: #2 (1” – 1 ½”)
Plant Form: Bulbs Soil pH: Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline Features: Deer-Resistant Soil Type: Clay, Loam, Sand Color: White Sunlight: Partial Shade, Full Shade Genus: Caladium Common Name: Caladium Florida Moonlight Watering: Medium USDA: 2-11