An exceptionally rare and beautiful gem from the floors of distant jungles, with intense white veins on beautifully textured jade leaves.
Something of a sticking point for classification, where it used to be part of the Xanthosoma family but was later reallocated into the Caladium genus.
An unusual find, with some challenging characteristics. But meet its needs and eventually enormous leaves of up to 70cm long can be achieved, with the plant reaching an ultimate height of over a metre (even larger if kept in ideal conditions like a heated greenhouse.)
Temperature Keep it as warm as possible. The main reason these plants fail is cold.
WateringWater it really well in summer when you will see maximum growth, you can keep the compost relatively moist. During winter, allow it to dry out somewhat (top 2 inches of soil) as these have been known to succumb to root rot. One of the most important aspect of these plants’ health is humidity, so even in winter it will benefit from a weekly misting.
Feeding Loves a liquid plant food regularly in the growing season. Once every two weeks is optimum, if it is growing. If it's cold and dark it won't grow, so all food will do is leave harmful salt deposits!
Tips The new leaves take a while to unfurl, and it can look somewhat unhealthy. Don't worry, this is quite normal.
Light Level It can survive in a wide range of environments out of direct sunshine or total shade. A spot with bright morning or evening filtered light is best.