Croton Plant Care – Taking Care of your Crotons

Croton Plant CareI love to walk through the greenhouse and look at many varieties of plants. The vivid color of these Croton plants caught my eye. The clearance sign got my attention also.

Plants are natural air purifiers and they help to boost our moods as we look at their beauty they also aid in cleaning the air that we breathe. BC Doan wrote about the health benefits in Purify Indoor Air with Houseplants.

As we close our homes for the winter to shut out the cold, we are also closing them to fresh air.

When transplanting only use a planter slightly larger.

The vibrant deep red leathery leaves on this plant made it hard to pass up at just $1.50. Here I am removing the plant from the small disposable planter I purchased it in and placing it in a slightly larger pot.

It was having trouble sitting upright as it was root bound. When transplanting a plant one should only go to a planter which is slightly larger, increasing the pot size gradually.

The Croton is native to tropical climates.

This particular Croton is called Joseph’s coat: Purple Knight. So far it is growing handsomely, but I’m not sure it will be able to survive winter in my Michigan home. The Croton, (Codiaeum variegatum) has many varieties. You may be familiar with the South Sea laurel, Gold dust plant or Shower of Gold.

The plant is native to the tropics, growing wildly in Polynesia, Malaya, Ceylon and Indonesia.

Look for plants with the friendly tag containing growing instructions. If the plant you select is missing the tips, ask the store personnel and they will be happy to assist you.

Things you should know about your Croton before adopting one:

In warmer weather, let your plant enjoy some natural rays and humidity while sitting outside.

Sudden leaf drop may be an indication that the air is not humid enough. If you cannot duplicate a humid atmosphere, try misting.

Plant them aquarium style as a small plant. That way you can more closely duplicate the climate they are used to.

They love the eastern sun and lots of it

Keep soil lightly moist

Keep the temperature warm

Only on the hottest day do you need to be concerned with too much direct sun

Propagate by cutting stems

Keep out of drafts

Dry air may cause red spiders


They grow well in tropical parts of the country, such as Florida and Hawaii.

Drain well. Sitting on a pebble tray may be helpful.

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