This plant features large, heart-or-arrow-shaped, paper-thin leaves in a striking red colour. Caladium is a tuberous perennial and does go into dormancy, however with proper care it can continue to produce leaves (although the size would be slightly smaller) throughout the year in Singapore. While most varieties prefer partial or full shade, this can tolerate bright light. However, a sun-tolerant caladium has to be provided with enough water to keep the potting media consistently, and slightly moist.
Light: Place the plant in a well-ventilated area whereby it can receive more than 4-6 hours of bright (preferably indirect) sunlight daily.
Water: Once a day, water the plants thoroughly till excess water drains out of the pot. Allow the potting media to dry out slightly between waterings.
Temperature: Plant tolerates temperatures from 24-30°C.
Fertilizer: An all-purpose, water-soluble balanced fertilizer that contains an equal amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (e.g. N-P-K: 15-15-15 +TE) will help to boost the plant's overall health by feeding it every two weeks. Otherwise, a slow-release fertilizer (e.g. Osmocote) can be incorporated into the potting media, and to be replenished after about 2-3 months. Do follow the recommended dosage indicated on the fertilizer’s application instructions.
*Product photo shown is for reference only. Actual product may vary as each individual plant has its own appearance (colours, form and size), and pot colour may differ from photo.