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How to take care of a Caladium Praetermissum (Hilo Beauty)

Are you looking for a gorgeous plant with striking color patterns? The Caladium Praetermissum, also known as the Hilo Beauty, might be the perfect choice for your next plant! This amazing-looking plant from the Islands of Hawaii is a tropical plant that loves humidity, warmth, and bright indirect sunlight! It is an easy-to-care-for plant and with some basic instructions, you can keep your Hilo Beauty looking great for years to come.

In this plant care guide, we're going to look at how you can take care of this tropical plant in your house. We will look at every part of taking care of the Hilo Beauty, including how and when you should water it, how much sunlight it needs, but also things that you might not need right away, like repotting your Hilo Beauty and how you can go about propagating this stunning plant.

These are the topics we're going to look at in this plant care guide:

  1. How often should I water my Caladium Hilo Beauty?
  2. What kind of light does the Caladium Hilo Beauty need?
  3. What is the ideal temperature for the Caladium Hilo Beauty?
  4. Is fertilization necessary for the Caladium Hilo Beauty?
  5. How much humidity does my Caladium Hilo Beauty need?
  6. What type of soil is best to use when planting a Caladium Hilo Beauty?
  7. Can I grow a Caladium Hilo Beauty outdoors in a cold climate?
  8. How do I propagate a Caladium Hilo Beauty?
  9. Are there any common problems that can affect a Caladium Hilo Beauty?

Let's get started and let's learn how we can help the Caladium Hilo Beauty thrive in your house!

How often should I water my Caladium Hilo Beauty?

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The most important part of taking care of your plants is to water them properly. Every plant is different and proper watering is essential for keeping your Caladium Hilo Beauty healthy and thriving. If you water it too little or too much, this can damage the plant, and in extreme cases can even kill it.

The best way to find out if you need to water your Hilo Beauty is by keeping an eye on the soil.

The Hilo beauty prefers moist soil, but doesn't like to sit in soggy soil. To make sure you're watering your plant properly, you'll need to check the soil every few days. You'll need to check whether the top of the soil is dry before it's time to water your plant again. You can do this by sticking your finger or a skewer in the soil. If the top 5 cm (2 inches) of the soil is dry, you can water your plant. If not, wait a few more days and try again.

It's difficult to say exactly how often you should water your Hilo Beauty, because it depends on a lot of things, like the current season, the climate where you live, and how warm your house is. That's why it's important to keep checking the soil. On average, you'll probably water your plant once per week. Again, make sure to check the soil before watering your plant to prevent overwatering.

Sometimes, you might have watered your Hilo beauty a little too much or too little. But how do you know what's wrong with your plant? The easiest way is to look out for signs your plant isn't happy. If a Caladium Hilo Beauty is underwatered it will show signs of wilting and drooping leaves as well as yellowing foliage and brown tips. If it's overwatered, there may be root rot present, stunted growth as well as discolored leaves that are wilting and turning yellowish-green in color.

If you notice any of these symptoms, make sure to adjust your watering schedule to give your plant the best chance to recover.

What kind of light does the Caladium Hilo Beauty need?

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Caladium Hilo Beauty indoors The Colocasia Hilo Beauty is a tropical plant that thrives in bright, indirect light. It prefers a lot of light and ideally is in a spot that receives bright, indirect light all day. The best way to provide the right amount of light for your Caladium Hilo Beauty is to place it near a bright window or outside in partial shade.

If you have access to a screened-in area that gets lots of bright light, this would be ideal for the plant. If you don't have access to that kind of location, try placing the plant on an east-facing windowsill where it will still get plenty of indirect light but won't suffer from too much direct exposure.

If your Hilo Beauty gets too much direct sunlight it will begin to suffer from sunburned leaves. This looks like yellow and brown spots on the leaves. On the other hand, you Hilo Beauty can survive in a spot that gets low to medium light. It won't grow as quickly and its leaves will slight fade to an even green color, losing it's beautiful patterns.

To keep your Hilo Beauty happiest and to give it the best chance at thriving, make sure you place it somewhere where it has access to plenty of bright and indirect light throughout the day.

What is the ideal temperature for the Caladium Hilo Beauty?

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As we've discovered in the introduction, the Hilo Beauty is native to Hawaii, so it loves the tropical weather and the higher temperatures. The ideal temperature range for the Hilo Beauty is between 16℃ and 32℃ (60℉ - 90℉). The Hilo Beauty likes warm temperatures, but it's important to keep an eye on your plant, especially during the summer, as temperatures above 32℃ (90℉) can cause damage and even kill the plant. Temperatures below about 16℃ (60℉) will also cause the leaves to become limp and discolored, and may eventually lead to death of the plant.

This temperature range is very similar to the temperature most houses throughout the whole year, so unless your house has large temperature shifts throughout the day or year, you don't have to take any extra steps to keep this plant happy in your house.

Now that we've covered the day-to-day care of the Hilo Beauty, let's dig a little deeper into things like fertilization, repotting your plant, and propagation!

Is fertilization necessary for the Caladium Hilo Beauty?

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Caladium Hilo Beauty Size

Fertilization is very important for a Caladium Hilo Beauty as it grows quickly and become quite large. Because of this growth, it's a "heavy feeder". For these heavy feeders, fertilizing regularly is very important for them to stay healthy.

The best way to fertilize the Hilo beauty is to fertilize it once every two weeks in the growing season, spring and summer, with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer like a 10-10-10 or 20-20-20. Don't fertilize the Hilo Beauty in the winter, as it won't absorb the fertilizer, so you can very easily over-fertilize your plant and accidentally cause a chemical burn on the plant's roots.

If you're not using a liquid fertilizer, make sure the soil is slightly moist before you apply the fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer around the base of the plant, avoiding contact with its leaves or stems. After application, gently water in the fertilizer so it can be taken up by the roots of your Hilo Beauty. If you're using a liquid fertilizer, simply add it to the water when you water your plant and your job is done.

Be sure to follow label instructions carefully when using any type of fertilizer. Too much fertilizer will damage your plants, so always use according to instructions on the label.

How much humidity does my Caladium Hilo Beauty need?

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A lot of houses are perfectly adapted to help houseplants thrive in them. Yes, you did read that right. However, some plants, like the Hilo Beauty, just need a little more humidity than your house might already have. The Caladium Hilo Beauty absolutely loves high humidity. It's best if the air around it is between 50 and 80 percent humidity, but you can aim for even higher levels closer to 80 or 90 percent if possible.

If you don't have a spot with that much humidity, don't worry! There are plenty of great ways to increase the humidity around your plant. You can mist its leaves with a spray bottle filled with water on a regular basis, or use a room humidifier to add more moisture to the air. But one of my favorite ways to raise the humidity for a plant is to place the potted Caladium Hilo Beauty in a shallow tray of pebbles, with water added to it. The pebbles prevent the pot from sitting in the water, so you're not overwatering your plant.

You can also place multiple plants together, as these plants will raise the humidity around them, so they all benefit from the extra humidity. Additionally, keeping your plants away from vents or open windows will make sure they don't get too dry due to cold drafts.

As you can see, even if your house is very dry, you can still create the perfect growing environments to keep your Hilo Beauty happy.

What type of soil is best to use when planting a Caladium Hilo Beauty?

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If you've ever taken care of tropical heavy feeders, like an Alocasia Zebrina or a Monstera, you'll know that these plants thrive in soil that retains moisture for several days, but also drains the excess moisture away quickly. This keeps the soil moist, but not soggy. These types of plants also love soil that's very rich in organic matter and nutrients, because they need all of these nutrients to stay healthy while they grow.

The ideal soil for your Hilo Beauty is a moist, well-drained potting soil that's rich in organic matter and nutrients. When you're preparing the soil for planting, it's important to make sure it's light and fluffy and free from any clumps or chunks. Mix in some peat moss and perlite as this will allow water to drain quickly yet still retain the moisture your plant needs to stay happy. This mixture will also absorb a lot of the fertilizer, to keep it readily available for the plant's roots to absorb.

The mixture of general potting soil, peat moss, and perlite prevents the soil from compacting over time. This is very common if you're growing a plant that needs a lot of moisture to stay healthy. If the soil compacts too much over time, it won't drain the moisture as well and can also prevent oxygen from reaching your plant's roots. This will develop root rot quickly, so you're helping your plant stay healthy by adding the peat moss and perlite.

Can I grow a Caladium Hilo Beauty outdoors in a cold climate?

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Caladium Hilo Beauty in garden

Many plant owners wonder if you can move your plant outside, especially in the summer. If you live in a climate that's tropical, much like Hawaii, moving your plant outside is fine. However, if you live in a colder climate, this might not be so easy. But there is still a chance you can move your plant outside in the summer.

If you live in a colder climate and you want to move your plant outside, you need to take some extra steps to protect the plant from frost or freezing temperatures. Caladiums are tropical plants that don't like cold weather and need to stay warm. During the winter months, when temperatures start to drop below 12℃ (55℉), they should be moved indoors or into an area where they can receive more protection from the cold.

If you can't move your plant indoors, there are a few things you can do to protect it from the cold. First, make sure the plant is in an area of your garden that has some wind protection, such as near a wall or fence. Second, mulch around the base of the plant with straw, shredded leaves, or pine needles to help protect its roots from the cold temperatures. If the temperatures drop below freezing, you'll have to move your plant indoors or risk it freezing to death.

How do I propagate a Caladium Hilo Beauty?

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You've already learned that the Hilo Beauty is a fast-growing houseplant that grows quite large, so at some point, you might find yourself wanting to propagate this plant. You might want to grow more of the plant or share some cuttings with your friends and family! Luckily, propagating a Caladium Hilo Beauty is a simple process that anyone can do! You can propagate the plant by using division or by propagating from seed.

If you want to start propagating your Hilo Beauty, make sure to wait for spring or summer. Your plants will recover from propagation much more quickly during this time of year.

To divide the Caladium Hilo Beauty, you chould use a sharp and sterile knife to cut through the root system of the plant. Cut into sections, making sure each section has at least one growing bud, also known as an eye. Replant each division in separate pots filled with soil and water, then place them in a warm area with indirect sunlight.

If you're looking to propagate from seed, purchase new organic seeds from your local gardening shop. Soak the seeds overnight in warm water before planting them in small containers filled with potting soil. Make sure to keep the soil moist but not wet until germination occurs, usually after 2-3 weeks.

You should now have all the tools to successfully grow new Caladiums at home and share them with your friends and family!

Are there any common problems that can affect a Caladium Hilo Beauty?

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Many tropical plants are easy targets for pests, but the Hilo Beauty is much tougher. In recent years, growers have made it resistant to most diseases, which makes it a great plant for those that don't have a lot of experience dealing with pests.

Besides pests, there are a few other problems that can affect Caladium Hilo Beauty. This includes under-watering, sunburn, leaf blight and overfeeding. Luckily, it's quite easy to prevent these issues by following the tips in this plant care guide. Only water when the top of the soil is dry, don't fertilize your plant during the winter, and don't expose your plant to direct sunlight. By following these guidelines, you'll have a happy Hilo Beauty in your house.


In this plant care guide, we've looked at how you can take care of your Caladium Hilo Beauty. The Caladium Hilo Beauty is a fast-growing houseplant that can grow large. It loves a moist, but not soggy growing environment with plenty of bright indirect sunlight. It can be moved outdoors in warmer climates, but in colder climates it needs protection from frost and freezing temperatures by having wind protection or mulch applied to its base.

The plant is resistant to most pests, but good care should still be taken to prevent issues such as leaf blight, sunburn, overfeeding, and under-watering. Propagation of the Hilo Beauty can be done either through division or from seed, but should generally take place during spring or summer when the plants can recover more quickly.

Now that you've learned all about how to care for your Caladium Hilo Beauty, it's time to put this knowledge into practice. With the right environment, care, and attention your Hilo Beauty can become a beautiful focal point in any home. Share this plant care guide with your friends and family to help them take care of their houseplants too!

Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helps you to keep your plants healthy and beautiful! If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, you can always request a plant guide to get a guide for the plant you have trouble with.

Tags: fast-growing, tropical, humidity-loving

Posted on: Jan 14, 2023

Other common names for this plant

  • Alocasia Hilo Beauty
  • Caladium Praetermissum
  • Colocasia Hilo Beauty

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Frequently asked questions

How much light does a Caladium Hilo Beauty need?
Caladium Hilo Beauty prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate low light conditions.
How often should I water my Caladium Hilo Beauty?
Watering frequency will depend on the humidity and temperature of your environment, as well as the size of the pot the plant is in. A general rule of thumb is to wait until the top 5 cm (2 inches) of soil is dry before watering and to make sure the soil is evenly moist but not soggy.
How can I tell if my Caladium Hilo Beauty is getting too much or too little water?
If the leaves of your Caladium Hilo Beauty start to yellow or wilt, it may be getting too much water. On the other hand, if the leaves start to droop and feel dry to the touch, it may be getting too little water.
What temperature range is best for Caladium Hilo Beauty?
Caladium Hilo Beauty prefers temperatures between 60-90°F (15-32°C)
How often should I fertilize my Caladium Hilo Beauty?
You can fertilize your Caladium Hilo Beauty once a month during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer.
Does Caladium Hilo Beauty require high humidity?
Caladium Hilo Beauty prefers high humidity, but it can tolerate average humidity. Mist the leaves regularly to increase humidity around the plant.
What is the ideal soil for Caladium Hilo Beauty?
Caladium Hilo Beauty prefers rich, loamy soil with good drainage. You can use a soil mix specifically formulated for tropical plants or a general-purpose potting soil with added peat moss or perlite for extra drainage.
Can Caladium Hilo Beauty be grown outside?
Caladium Hilo Beauty can be grown outside in tropical and subtropical regions, but it should be brought indoors or protected during frost or freezing temperatures.
How do I propagate Caladium Hilo Beauty?
Caladium Hilo Beauty can be propagated by dividing the rhizome into smaller sections or by using seeds to grow new plants.
What are some common problems that can affect Caladium Hilo Beauty?
Some common problems that can affect Caladium Hilo Beauty include over-watering, which can lead to root rot, and under-watering, which can cause the leaves to droop and turn yellow.

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