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Care Guide

Croton Care

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Meet Croton

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.

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Light

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.

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Pet Friendly

No

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Water

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.

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Humidity

High

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Temperature

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.

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Difficult Level

Medium

   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.

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Croton Petra 'Joseph's Coat'
Croton Petra 'Joseph's Coat'
Croton Petra 'Joseph's Coat' - House Plant Shop
Croton Petra 'Joseph's Coat' - House Plant Shop
Croton Petra 'Joseph's Coat' - House Plant Shop
Croton Petra 'Joseph's Coat' - House Plant Shop
Croton Petra 'Joseph's Coat' - House Plant Shop

Croton Petra 'Joseph's Coat'

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  • Botanical Name: Codiadeum variegatum
  • Common Name(s): Petra, Joseph's Coat
  • Description: Croton plants produce intense colors. There are many croton varieties with an array of many leaf shapes and they make excellent additions to a patio, deck or terrace. Indoors crotons need lots of light to keep their color. Indoors the croton needs lots of light to keep its color.
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Croton 'Gold Dust'
Croton 'Gold Dust'
Croton 'Gold Dust'
Croton 'Gold Dust'
Croton 'Gold Dust'

Croton 'Gold Dust'

$9.99
  • Botanical Name: Codiadeum variegatum
  • Common Name(s): Gold Dust
  • DescriptionThe Croton Gold Dust house plant has deep green leaves with yellow spots. The bright colors on the leaves help light up rooms. The Croton Gold dust like all crotons, like high humidity and ample light. They are overall robust plants that have bright colors. 
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Croton Mammy
Croton Mammy
Croton Mammy - House Plant Shop
Croton Mammy - House Plant Shop
Croton Mammy - House Plant Shop
Croton Mammy - House Plant Shop
Croton Mammy - House Plant Shop

Croton Mammy

$19.99
  • Botanical Name: Codiaeum
  • Common Name(s): Mammy
  • Description: The Codiaeum Mammy is an evergreen shrub growing to 3-8 feet tall and has large, thick, leathery, shiny evergreen leaves which are alternately arranged. Its leaves are broad, and depending on the variety, bright yellow, red, green, purple and brown colors.
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Croton 'Sunny Star' - House Plant Shop
Croton 'Sunny Star' - House Plant Shop

Croton 'Sunny Star'

$19.99
  • Botanical Name: Codiadeum variegatum
  • Common Name(s): Sunny Star
  • DescriptionCroton plants produce intense colors. There are many croton varieties with an array of many leaf shapes and they make excellent additions to a patio, deck or terrace as planted or as potted specimens. Indoors crotons need lots of light to keep their color. Indoors the croton needs lots of light to keep their color.
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Croton 'Oakleaf' - House Plant Shop
Croton 'Oakleaf' - House Plant Shop
Croton 'Oakleaf' - House Plant Shop
Croton 'Oakleaf' - House Plant Shop

Croton 'Oakleaf'

$39.99
  • Botanical Name: Codiadeum variegatum
  • Common Name(s): Oakleaf
  • DescriptionThe Croton Oakleaf is a robust plant with large colorful leaves. These plants can mature to large indoor house plants if properly cared for. Features interesting lobed leaves, giving the plant extra texture (and lending it its name). Each dark green leave is accented with veins and strips of yellow, orange, and red.
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