How to care for your Croton

While all plants in the Croton family have roughly the same care, there are some unique things you should know about each individual species. These will help you better understand your plant and build a relationship with it.

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What's a Croton?

Botanical Classification: Codiaeum variegatum


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!
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