Plant bought at Home Depot with no instructions - Knowledgebase Question

Henderson, Te
Question by apal48
May 5, 2010
I bought what I think might be an elephant ear today at Home Depot but it said follow instructions of which there were non on any of the and when I mentioned it to the clerk, they just rolled their eyes. It has red/green leaves appearing to be elephant ear. I cannot find pictures on this site so I am having a hard time figuring what to do with this plant.

Answer from NGA
May 5, 2010


With red/green leaves, I wonder if it is caladium? Caladiums are tropical plants that are grown for their spectacularly colorful foliage. Although tropical, they grow fast enough to be enjoyed during the summer in cooler climates and all year long as houseplants. Shade and humidity lovers, Caladiums dazzle in shade gardens with their large, pointed arrow-shaped leaves splashed with shades of green, white, cream, pink and red. Caladiums grow equally well in the ground or in containers and pair nicely with ferns and other soft textured plants like astilbe, with spiky leaved plants such as ornamental grasses and shade tolerant iris and with coordinating colored blooms of fuchsia and Impatiens.

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