Grow crotons in a bright spot: They like lots of light to produce all those colorful leaves. If your croton doesn't get enough light, you might find the plant grows tall and lanky, with few leaves that don't have deep, rich hues.
There are many different croton plant varieties. This plant grows in an assortment of shapes and colors including red, orange, purple, pink, yellow, green, and white. Here’s a list of some of our favorite types:
Croton plants do not like to be moved, and when they are moved, they can quickly go into shock which results in leaf loss. Therefore, it’s best to avoid moving the plant as much as possible. In situations where moving the plant is unavoidable, don’t panic at the leaf loss. Simply maintain proper care and the plant will regrow its leaves within a short period of time, after which, it will prove to be a resilient houseplant. Like many houseplants, caring for a croton involves proper watering and humidity. Because it is a tropical plant, it does benefit from high humidity, so placing it on a pebble tray or regular misting will help keep it looking its best. Croton growing in containers should only be watered only when the top of the soil is dry to the touch. Then, they should be watered until the water flows out the bottom of the container.
Croton plants grow best in soil that allows for adequate draining while still maintaining enough moisture to foster growth. If the growing medium retains too much water, the plant may become subject to root rot.
Croton plants can lose leaves for a number of reasons. Ordinarily, this plant will lose its leaves due to some sort of stress. This stress could come from moving the plant from outdoors to indoors, or vice versa, or an imbalance in essential nutrients. If the plant is just adjusting to a new environment, give it time. After a couple of weeks, it will settle in and begin to grow once again. If you haven’t moved your plant recently, leaf loss could be due to exposure to extreme temperatures, insufficient light, improper watering, or disease/pests.
Croton plants should only be pruned to remove unhealthy portions of the plant or to maintain a certain shape.Dead leaves or branches should be cut back to their origin, but overgrown leaves or branches can be trimmed just above a node or leaf set. Make sure not to remove more than ⅓ of the stem height at one time. Before pruning again, allow more growth.
Generally, croton plants do not have many issues with pests or diseases. However, they can sometimes fall victim to common plant pests such as mealybugs, scale, thrips or spider mites. Keep a close eye on the leaves of the croton so that you are able to catch any potential pest infestation early, before it has the opportunity to do major damage to your plant.
|Temperature||Plant will not survive in freezing temperature|
|sunlight||Full Sun or brighter Window which receives at least 5-6 hr sunlight|
|Soil||Well drained sandy soil|
|Water||Water crotons when the soil starts to dry. They're not as thirsty as many other common houseplants, but will drop leaves if they stay too wet or too dry for extended periods.|
|Fertilizer||Fertilize croton in spring and summer to keep it healthy and growing. Crotons only need fertilizer once or twice during the season, but you can get them to grow faster by fertilizing more frequently.|
|Height of the Item||1.0 Ft|
|In The Box||One Plant without Pot|
|Disclaimer||The image is for reference purpose only. Actual plant may vary from the image shown as it is a natural plant and will vary piece to piece.|
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