Caladium Care Indoors – Growing Caladiums As Indoor Plants
CALIBER CARE INDOORS: HOW TO PREPARE FOR CALICONS AS INDOOR PLANTS?
When it comes to growing plants indoors, there are many different options available. There are indoor plants that require little or no attention at all while others need extra care during the summer months when they’re not producing flowers. Calicos (Indoor Cacti) are one of the most popular types of indoor plants because they’re easy to grow and produce beautiful flowers year round. They’re also very drought tolerant so you don’t have to worry about them dying if your watering system breaks down.
The main difference between indoor cacti and other kinds of plants is that they need to be kept moist all the time just like any other plant. If you want to keep your cactus alive year round, then you’ll need to provide them with water. You could use a drip irrigation system, but this isn’t always practical or convenient since it’s often hard to get into some places where you live.
Another option is using a humidity dome which uses misting instead of continuous dripping. Misting is much easier than constantly running the sprinkler system.
Many people try to save money by using the sun to water their plants. While this might seem like a good idea at first, it actually can cause your cacti to dry out. So if you’re going to go this route, you’ll need to take a few extra steps to make sure that your plants are staying hydrated.
Furthermore, you’ll need to determine what type of cactus you own. For example, some plants don’t grow very tall, while others can reach over 6 feet in height. You’ll also want to find out if it’s a soft or hard cactus because this can affect how much water it requires.
If you have a combination of both soft and hard cacti in the same room, then you’ll need to water them separately.
Finally, you’ll need to learn how much sun your cacti require. While some can tolerate low lighting conditions, others won’t grow at all if you keep them out of the sun. If your cacti is a flowering type, then it must have at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
Also remember that it doesn’t do well in cold environments and needs to be kept indoors during the winter months.
There are many other things to consider when deciding whether or not you should grow cacti as houseplants, but this information will get you started. Now that you know a little bit about how to grow and maintain your plants, you can decide if it’s something that interests you or not. And remember, whether you want to grow cacti or not, you should always research the plants that you’re interested in before making a significant investment.
CAUSES FOR ALTERNATE LEAVES ON CACTI:
There are several reasons why cacti produce different types of leaves. This is a natural process that can sometimes affect the way your plant grows. However, if you take good care of your cactus and provide the appropriate growing conditions, it should bounce back and return to its normal appearance by the next year.
One of the most common reasons why your cacti might be growing weird looking leaves is because it hasn’t been watered enough. As we mentioned before, cacti stores water in its leaves instead of its stems, so if you don’t provide enough water, the plant will have to use whatever moisture it has stored in its body. When this occurs for an extended period of time, the chlorophyll begins to deplete from the leaves and they turn yellow.
Eventually, the cacti will shed these yellow leaves so it can direct more energy to preserving its life source.
In addition to not providing enough water, your cactus might also have too much. If the soil is constantly saturated and there isn’t adequate drainage, then your cacti won’t be able to get the oxygen it needs. This can cause the plants leaves to turn yellow or white.
When this occurs, you should cut down on watering your cacti and make sure that the soil drains properly.
Too much water will also cause your cacti to grow strange leaves. But in this scenario, it’s not because of a lack of moisture in the soil, but rather a lack of nutrients. When a cacti has too much water, it doesn’t have enough nutrients to carry out normal bodily functions.
This causes the cacti to produce smaller leaves in an effort to conserve energy and survive. However, since these leaves are smaller, they also receive less sunlight and this can cause them to turn a pale color or even white.
In order to get your cacti’s nutrients back up, you’ll need to wean your plant off water by letting the soil dry out completely. Once the soil is completely dry, water it lightly so that sogginess it avoided. Continue this process until your cacti shows signs of new growth.
At this point, you can resume normal watering and it should return to its normal self in no time.
Providing the right growing conditions is important if you want to grow cacti. By providing the right soil, lighting, and water conditions, you’ll be able to avoid weird leaves on your cacti altogether. However, as you’ve seen, even if you provide all of these things, your cacti can still produce smaller or discolored leaves depending on other factors that are beyond your control.
The good news is that as long as your cacti isn’t producing abnormal leaves, it will produce sweet fruits. And if you can get past the bitter taste of its protection mechanism, then you’ll be enjoying these fruits for a long time to come.
Other Growing Conditions and Tips
Now that you know how to care for your cacti once it’s been grown, it’s also important to learn what growing conditions are required to cultivate them so you can either provide them yourself or find someone else who can.
The first thing you need is soil. Like we mentioned before, cacti can grow in just about any type of soil as long as it has proper drainage. However, it still has preferences.
A good mix for a cacti garden would be equal parts of potting soil, sand, and small pebbles. If you need to buy your soil, make sure it’s disease free so you don’t spread anything that might hurt your cacti.
Lighting is also important. As we mentioned before, most types of cacti require at least six hours of sunlight every day. There are a few, however, that prefer shade and even some that thrive in artificial lighting.
The best way to find out what type of lighting your cacti needs is to keep it as a houseplant until it gets big enough to transplant outdoors, and even then, provide both sunlight and artificial light while it gets used to its new environment.
Watering your cacti is also very important. As we’ve mentioned before, cacti contains a layer of fat instead of roots, so it’s important that you don’t soak it. Over-watering can cause your cacti to mold or even rot.
The best way to see if your cacti needs water is to pick it up. If it feels light, then it doesn’t need water. If it feels heavy, then you should definitely water it, but don’t give it too much. You can also check if your cacti skin is warped or wrinkled. If it is, then your cacti needs water. Some deeper cacti like the barrel cactus will have a mid-section that looks slightly bloated. This is a sign that it needs water. When in doubt, don’t water it. Let the soil dry out completely before giving it water again.
One of the most important things you can do to keep your cacti healthy is to mulch around the base of the plant. This will prevent the soil from drying out too quickly in the sun and protect it from extreme temperature changes. It can also prevent weeds from growing around your cacti.
Do you have any other tips for growing cacti?
Sources & references used in this article:
Pythium root rot resistance in commercial caladium cultivars by Z Deng, BK Harbaugh, RO Kelly, T Seijo… – …, 2005 – journals.ashs.org
Caladium plant called” Florida Calypso” by GJ Wilfret – US Patent App. 08/747,437, 1998 – Google Patents