The Q&A Archives: Indoor Caladiums

Question: Can I grow caladiums inside? If so, what kinds of fertilizer and soil do you recommend?

Answer: Caladiums can be grown indoors, providing the temperature is above 70F and they're given bright, indirect light. They thrive in moist soil and prefer frequent misting of the leaves. Caladiums go into a dormancy period in the autumn where all the leaves will yellow and fall. At this time stop watering and keep the tubers at about 60F, in pots of peatmoss. In the spring, repot in fresh potting soil and move to a warm area. You can fertilize during periods of active growth with a diluted liquid fertilizer (16-16-16 is a good ratio). Any commercial potting soil will provide a loose, well-draining, yet moisture retentive medium for growing caladiums.

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