Croton (Codiaeum Variegatum) are colorful shrubs that can mature and grow up to 6 feet tall. The bright colors on the leaves can help brighten up any room! Overall a very resilient house plant, we have a guide designed to help you grow and care for Croton houseplants.
These plants require six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day to produce gorgeous yellow, red, and purple foliage. It is best to position a croton plant in an east or west window to ensure that it gets enough sunlight. If the plant is lacking the light it requires, the leaves will turn green.
You will need to water your Croton plants rather frequently during the growing season. They require the soil to be constantly moist, so when the top begins to feel dry, the plant must be watered again. In addition, these plants like a humid environment. If you cannot find a location that provides this type of atmosphere, then you need to mist the leaves to create it artificially. During the winter months, the watering requirements will decrease, so be careful not to overwater your plants.
Croton plants should also be kept away from drafts and cold, as it cannot tolerate temperatures below 60 F. If it is exposed to temps lower than this, the croton will lose leaves and possibly die.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves wilting and dropping?
Leaf drop is likely due to stress. Stress can occur when a Croton is moved or transplanted. Crotons do not like change so the plant will experience shock. Give your croton some extra care and in a few weeks your plant should be thriving again. Croton plants are resilient!
Why are my leaves limp and drooping?
This is usually an easy fix. Croton plants like their soil to be consistently moist. If the soil dries out you may notice your croton leaves droop. After you water your plant the leaves should perk up shortly after!
Why are there brown spots on my leaves?
This is generally a sign of of a bacterial disease affecting your plant. We recommend cutting off any of the infected foliage and avoid having the leaves touch any other plants since this could further spread the bacteria.