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Croton Care

Crotons have some of the boldest and brightest foliage around. Often vividly marked with bright yellow, orange, and red, these exotic plants have a reputation for being high-maintenance due to their tropical nature, but once they acclimate to their new home, they’re quite low-care.

How to care for your Croton

Use these instructions to care for a Croton. This guide will tell you how to water a Croton; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Croton Magnificent

LIGHT

Your Croton Magnificent will do best in a bright spot, as it needs lots of light (if possible 4-6 hrs. Per day) to produce all those colorful leaves! If your croton does not get enough light, you might find the plant grows tall and lanky with spare leaves lacking the rich, dark hues.

WATER

When the soil begins to dry out, water your plant thoroughly until the water flows out the bottom of the container. Croton are not as thirsty as other indoor plants but will drop leaves if kept too dry. Take note—wilting means too much water.

HUMIDITY

Crotons appreciate a generous amount of humidity. You can boost the humidity by misting the leaves once a week or placing it in a well-lit bathroom.

TEMPERATURE

Your Croton Magnificent prefers temperatures between 60-70 degrees. Keep your Croton Petra away from drafts and cold areas like a windowpane in the winter.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer once in early spring, once in early summer, and again in mid-summer. Do not feed in the fall or winter.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Don’t panic if your plant drops a few leaves upon arrival. Generally, the Croton Magnificent does not like to be moved, so a few falling leaves within a week doesn’t mean you are doing anything wrong.

TOXICITY

Your Croton Magnificent is moderately toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

See also: Common Issues →

Croton Petra

LIGHT

Your Croton Petra will do best in a bright spot, as it needs lots of light (if possible 4-6 hrs. Per day) to produce all those colorful leaves! If your croton does not get enough light, you might find the plant grows tall and lanky with spare leaves lacking the rich, dark hues.

WATER

When the soil begins to dry out, water the plant thoroughly until the water flows out the bottom of the container. They are not as thirsty as other indoor plants, but will drop leaves if kept too dry. Take note—wilting for a Croton means too much water.

HUMIDITY

Crotons appreciate generous amount of humidity. You can boost the humidity by misting the leaves once a week or placing it in a well-lit bathroom.

TEMPERATURE

This plant prefers temperatures between 60-70 degrees. Keep your Croton Petra away from drafts and cold areas like a windowpane in the winter.

FOOD

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer once in early spring, once in early summer, and again in mid-summer. Do not feed in the fall or winter.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Don’t panic if your plant drops a few leaves upon arrival. Generally, the Croton Petra does not like to be moved, so a few falling leaves within a week doesn’t mean you are doing anything wrong. Make sure you follow the water and light guidelines and, with a little TLC, before you know it you will have fresh, tender leaves that will soon mature to their full, blazing glory!

TOXICITY

Moderately toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

See also: Common Issues →

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What's a Croton?

Botanical Classification: Codiaeum variegatum

About

Crotons have some of the boldest and brightest foliage around. Often vividly marked with bright yellow, orange, and red, these exotic plants have a reputation for being high-maintenance due to their tropical nature, but once they acclimate to their new home, they’re quite low-care.

 

Crotons are native to the humid tropics, so they will appreciate frequent misting or a boost in humidity from a pebble tray or humidifier, as well as plenty of bright sunlight to encourage growth of brightly colored leaves.

Fun fact

The more bright sunlight a Croton receives, the more colorful their foliage. If they are in a spot with less sunlight, new leaves will emerge with more green.

Pictured Left: Croton Petra
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Don’t panic if your plant drops a few leaves. Generally, the Croton Petra does not like to be moved, so a few falling leaves doesn’t necessarily mean you are doing anything wrong. Make sure you follow the water and light guidelines and, with a little TLC, before you know it you will have fresh, tender leaves that will soon mature to their full, blazing glory!
- Plant Mom

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