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Fancy-leaved caladium 'Red flash'  

Caladium bicolor

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Red flash is part of the Caladium genus and is a Fancy-leaved caladium variety. Its scientific name is Caladium bicolor 'Red flash'. Red flash is a variety of hybrid Fancy-leaved caladium . The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Cerise red colour.

AKA Caladium x hortulanum

Showy foliage plants with their heart-shaped variegated leaves of bright red, pink, green and white. Pot early indoors, then plant them, pot and all, outdoors in semi-shade after spring frosts. Water well and spray leaves often during hot, dry weather. Excellent for conservatory or warm sun porch during winter. If not in zones 10-11, dig after frost, dry and store the bulbs in a cool, dry frost free place.

This variety is a Ornamental that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Red flash normally grows with a ground cover-like habit with a max height of 11.7 inches (that's 30.0 cm metric).

Typically, Red flash Fancy-leaved caladium is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Red flash have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Red flash

  • Dappled Sun

  • Medium

Caladiums should never get direct sun. They need very bright light, though. They also like fertile soil.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys dappled sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Red flash is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Red flash are Zone 9 and Zone 10.

Growing Red flash from seed

Transplanting Red flash

When grown in the ground caladiums should be dug and stored each year before frost.1

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Red flash is a tender plant.

Harvesting Red flash

Other Names for Fancy-leaved caladium 'Red flash'

Flash rouge, Angel wings

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