Caladium Miss Muffet has pale green to chartreuse lush leaves. She produces speckles of maroon or deep red freckles. Veins are often red as well. This dwarf variety produces the brightest colors in the shade. However, she also tolerates full sun. Miss Muffet caladium bulbs produce a smaller plant with short stems and small leaves (fancy-leaf). The perfect companion plant for taller, large-leaf caladiums. An ideal size for lining flowerbeds or pathways. Also grows well in containers.
Caladiums are native to the tropical regions of South America, primarily Brazil. These plants have been a part of American and European gardens since the mid-1800s. Currently, there are approximately 16 different species commercially available. Read more about the many different Caladium varieties here.
Place your Caladium Miss Muffet in bright, indirect sunlight. Miss Muffet Caladium may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves, without ample sunlight. Make sure you acclimate your caladium before putting it into direct sun. Too much sun too soon could cause leaves to scorch and dry up. A few hours of morning sun is a perfect start. Then, gradually increase the amount of full sun your Miss Muffet gets. Indoors, place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Water your Caladium thoroughly and make sure that the soil is evenly moist. If the top inch of the soil is dry to the touch, then it is time to water. Allow water to flow through the pot’s drainage holes. Avoid overwatering your plant as it will bring about root rot problems.
Plant your Miss Muffet Caladiums outside after any danger of frost has passed. The ideal temperature range for caladiums is between 70°F – 75°F (21°C – 23°C) during the day and 60°F – 65°F (15°C – 18°C) at night. Caladium plants are not tolerant of cold temperatures. Be sure to bring inside as a potted plant when temperatures drop.
Like most caladiums, Miss Muffet grows best in fertile, well draining soil. Be sure to not use soil that is too compacted or heavy. This can result in prolonged periods of water retention, resulting in root rot. Improve the texture and fertility of your soil by adding compost or top soil at planting time.
During the growing season, caladiums will appreciate an occasional dose of liquid fertilizer. When your caladium is ready for repotting, be sure to add some fresh potting soil. This will replenish the caladium’s nutrients. Repot your Miss Muffet Caladium after it doubles in size, or once a year (whichever comes first).
Caladiums are flowering plants that go by many common names: Elephant Ears, Angel wings, Heart of Jesus and many more. There are over 1000 named cultivars of Caladium bicolor from the original South American plant.
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