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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

Water when the top 25%-50% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Crotons appreciate a generous amount of humidity. You can boost the humidity by misting the leaves, placing a humidifier nearby, or adding a pebble tray. 

TEMPERATURE

Your Croton Magnificent prefers temperatures between 60-70 degrees. Keep your Croton 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.

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

Water when the top 25%-50% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Crotons appreciate a generous amount of humidity. You can boost the humidity by misting the leaves, placing a humidifier nearby, or adding a pebble tray.

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.

TOXICITY

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

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!

Variegated Croton

LIGHT

Your Croton prefers indirect bright light to direct light. If your croton does not get enough light, you might find the plant grows tall and lanky with sparse leaves that lack rich, dark hues this plant is known for. If you are worried you do not have the right lighting for this plant, use a grow light!

WATER

Water your Croton when 25-50% of the soil volume is dry. Always check the soil moisture before watering. Water thoroughly until you see water flow out of the drainage hole and discard any excess water in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Crotons appreciate a generous amount of humidity. You can boost the humidity by misting the leaves, placing a humidifier nearby, or adding a pebble tray.

TEMPERATURE

Your Croton is most comfortable in temperatures between 60-80°F.

FOOD

Feed once a month in the spring and summer when it is producing new leaves with a general-purpose fertilizer at half strength. Always make sure the soil is damp before applying any fertilizer.

TOXICITY

This plant is considered moderately toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Don’t panic if your plant drops a few leaves upon arrival. This is a normal stress response common to crotons. Place the plant in the recommended light, water as advised, and allow the plant to adjust to its new environment over the following few weeks. Before you know it you will have fresh, tender leaves that will soon mature to their full, blazing glory!

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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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