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Caladium ‘Thai Beauty’ – The Best Comprehensive Guide

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Caladium Thai Beauty

Who does not like splashes of colors in their home? And the modern decor is also not complete without some lovely houseplants. What if you do both with an addition of a single thing to your indoors? Well, Caladium Thai Beauty is such a gorgeous hybrid of the Araceae family that adds a splash of color to your indoors, along with a touch of nature and greenery. It has pink leaves with green and white veins. It is a low-maintenance, tropical houseplant that looks great in any space and corner. Here are some cool features and easy care tips for this beautiful hybrid.

Common Names

  • Angel Wings
  • Pink Cloud
  • Fancy-Leaved Caladium

Classification

  • Family: Araceae
  • Subfamily: Aroideae
  • Genus: Caladium

About the Genus Caladium

Caladium is a genus of flowering plants that are popular for their large leaves. These plants are native to South and Central America and some regions of India and Africa. Around 1000 cultivars are known to be present in this genus.

Origin and Distribution

This plant is a hybrid made especially on the demand of The Royal Family. It was first cultivated in Thailand and is native to South America.

Caladium ‘Thai Beauty’ Features

Foliage and Stem

This plant gained its fame from its exquisite leaves. It has green leaves in its early days. Once the leaves mature, they turn pink with green and white veins. Each leaf is about 15 cm long. These leaves grow on multiple branches and stems.

Evergreen

Just like its fellow hybrids, this plant is an evergreen plant that stays functional in autumn. It does not shed all of its foliage at once (another good point to growing this plant indoors). This plant keeps vibing fresh and green all year round.

Height

This attractive plant can attain a height of 1 foot tall. Its height is due to its long stems and large, stunning leaves.

Temperature Tolerance

This plant can survive many harsh conditions; one thing that it can not survive in cold weather. This plant is not frost-hardy; frost can kill it in no time. This is why you should never leave your plant outdoors during winters.

Extreme heat is also not a friend of this gorgeous hybrid. Extreme heat can burn its leaves and scorch its lovely foliage. Try to protect this plant from temperature fluctuations.

Humidity Tolerance

This plant cannot survive low humidity. It needs high moisture to thrive. If the humidity in its surroundings falls below 40%, this plant can actually lose its beautiful coloration. We don’t want that, right? This is why you should regulate the humidity around it and keep it above the required level. Keep reading the article to know at what humidity level Caladium ‘Thai Beauty’ remains most happy.

Drought Resistance

Yes, this hybrid is a drought-tolerant variant. It can store water in its stem and foliage for harsh conditions, such as droughts. If you do not water it for an extended period, it will go dormant to protect itself from the drought.

Disease and Pest Resistance

The underground tubers can get attacked by various fungus. Pythium and Rhizoctonia are the two most powerful fungus that attacks and eats out this lovely variant. You should protect your plant from these two by placing the tubers in hot water and then storing them for the next season.

Luckily, this plant is not prone to many pests and insects. Only aphids are attracted to this plant. You can get rid of them by spraying them with a water spritzer.

Growth

Caladium ‘Thai Beauty’ is a fast-growing hybrid. This hybrid produces new leaves and branches every month. The growth rate of this plant can be increased by providing it with the right conditions. Its growth rate greatly increases if it is grown outdoors under the bright sun. But you will have to take extra care of this plant to protect it from any outdoor problems.

The ideal USDA growth zones for this plant are 9 to 11.

Toxicity

The leaves of this beautiful plant contain calcium oxalate crystals. These crystals are not only harmful to pets and animals but also humans. This is why you should keep your pets and children away from this plant. If ingested, its foliage can cause severe swelling and irritation in the mouth and throat.

Maintenance

By looking at this plant’s appealing appearance, you might be wondering if this plant needs premium care and attention. Well, it is not true. To our surprise, it is a low-maintenance hybrid that does not ask much for its care. You can grow it indoors as well outdoors without facing many problems.

Dormancy

Just like its parent plant, Caladium ‘Thai Beauty’ goes dormant in winters. During these days of the resting stage, this plant is not actively growing. It does not even need fertilization or much watering during these dormancy days.

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Caladium ‘Thai Beauty’ Care

Caladium ‘Thai Beauty’ care involves regular watering and regular fertilization. You should water this plant once every week and add fertilizer to its oil after every 9 days. It must be grown in well-draining, organic, slightly acidic soil (pH 6.0-6.5). The best temperature for its growth is 18°C.

Watering Requirements

The parent plant of this beautiful variant grows along the river banks, where its soil is kept moist by the river currents. This is your hint for the watering of Caladium ‘Thai Beauty’. This plant prefers damp and moist soil, but avoid soggy or waterlogged soil as it damages the plant. You should water it once every week while avoiding over-watering. Make sure you are watering regularly in the growing season while cutting back its watering during the dormant days in winters.

Soil Requirements

This plant grows best in acidic soil of pH around 6 or 6.5. You can maintain the acidity of the soil by adding peat moss to it. As you already know that this plant loves damp soil, you should choose a potting mix that stays damp and also well-draining. You can make its potting mix by yourself too. Mix one part of potting soil and one part of peat moss to make its potting mix.

If you want to grow this plant outdoors, you should keep checking its soil for any signs of water pooling. Because water pooling can actually damage the plant tubers.

Sunlight

Pink Thai Caladium can survive in a wide range of sunlight. From dappled shade, partial sunlight to some hours of direct sun, this plant can thrive in all. In its natural habitat, this plant grows under the canopy of large trees. So only a little sunlight reaches its foliage. This is why this plant prefers dappled shade more than other light conditions. You can place it near an east or north-facing window where only the morning sun can shine over its foliage. In these two window spots, this plant is safe from the direct sun rays or afternoon scorching sun.

Temperature Tolerance

As this plant came from a tropical origin, it prefers warm temperatures. The ideal temperature for the proper growth of this plant is 18°C. We recommend you grow this plant in a greenhouse if you live in a colder region. This is because this plant is not winter-hardy; the greenhouse offers it the warmer temperature that this plant needs for its healthy growth.

Bring this plant indoors before the first frost. Because in frost and cold climates, this plant can easily die. You can also save its tubers in the dormant days and grow them again in the next growing season.

Humidity

This gorgeous plant loves high humidity and moisture in its surroundings. The ideal humidity that it requires for its lush growth is 50-70%. This high level of humidity is difficult to maintain indoors and even more difficult during winters when the air is particularly dry. We recommend you move your Caladium plant to the bathroom in winter as the humidity levels are higher there than in other rooms.

You can also increase the humidity by trying other ways. Misting the plant also helps, but wet foliage attracts more pets. You can go for a pebble tray. A Pebble tray is an effective way to increase the amount of moisture around this plant’s foliage.

Fertilizer

Caladium ‘Thai Beauty’ is a heavy feeder. It requires more fertilizer than any average houseplant to grow properly. You should fertilize it every 9 days in the growing season. The best fertilizer for this plant is a low-nitrogen fertilizer. A lot of nitrogen content in its fertilizer can actually burn its roots and kill this plant. Another harmful act that can damage its roots is not watering the plant before adding fertilizer. This is why it is recommended to water the plant before adding any fertilizer.

Grooming and Pruning

This attractive hybrid does not need any grooming for its lovely appearance. However, you still have to remove any dead or yellowed leaves before every growing season. This encourages more branching and active growth. Yearly pruning also makes more room for new growth and new buds.

Make sure you disinfect your gardening shears before pruning this beautiful plant. Otherwise, you might be throwing it to a deadly infectious disease. You can use 70% isopropyl alcohol or ethanol to sterilize this plant.

Repotting

This plant does not require occasional repotting. You should move it to a new pot only when it has outgrown its previous one. Any outgrowth of the roots from its drainage hole is also a sign of the plant’s need to be repotted. You should propagate it after every 2 to 3 years. We recommend you always use a pot that is 1-2 inches bigger than the previous one. Also, fill the pot with fresh soil, not the used one. This plant will come out of transplant shock after some days of repotting and then start growing again.

Propagation

The propagation of Caladium ‘Thai Beauty’ is easier than you can imagine. This pretty plant is propagated through its tubers. The best time to take its tubers is while repotting it. This must be down in early spring. Here is a simple guide to help you out:

  • Take a knife and sterilize it.
  • During repotting, use this knife to cut a tuber from the plant’s roots.
  • Make sure this tuber has some of its own roots.
  • Take a separate container and fill it with potting mix.
  • Place the tuber into the soil.
  • Water the soil and place the container in bright, indirect sunlight.
  • You will notice new growth in just a few weeks.
  • Once you see any new growth, move the baby Caladium to a proper pot.

Summary

Pink Thai Caladium is a gorgeous houseplant with beautifully colored leaves that change their color as they mature. This plant is easy to care for and easy to maintain, so you can grow it indoors even if you have never grown a plant before. This plant can grow in the dappled shade, so you can place it in a wide range of places in your home, from your kitchen to your bathroom and from your living room to your home garden.

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