If you're looking for the brightest, most colorful houseplants around, you'll love the croton. These plants come from south-east Asia where they grow very tall in nature. These beauties are absolutely stunning, but can have a mind of their own! Their tendency to loose leaves can turn off many plant novices, but with the right conditions they can thrive.
Easy Care Facts:
Crotons love light. The more light the better in order to maximize the payoff on these leaves. The brightness in the leaves will dissipate if you don't have enough light.
Crotons prefer to dry out a bit before being watered. Water fully once the first few inches of soil have dried out. They will drop leaves if underwatered, and wilt if overwatered.
Utilize fertilizer Spring-Fall (local weather depending). Fertilize about once every other month using a high quality fertilizer at half strength.
Crotons love high humidity. They can handle regular humidity, but will be much easier in a humid environment.
The ideal temperature in the day is 60-70 degrees. Drafts or sudden temperature changes can cause leaves to drop.
Crotons are moderately toxic to people and pets. Consumption can cause stomach issues.
Tips and Tricks
Crotons are prone to dropping leaves. It is one of the most frustrating things a new plant parent can encounter. To avoid this, give it as much light as possible, humidity, and a consistant watering schedule. Then do not touch it! Crotons will easily drop leaves when moved, especially when not given ideal conditions. Even if a croton loses all of its leaves, it can very easily come back in a few months.
You wake up one day and your croton is completely limp. What do you do? Water it of course! When a croton is being dramatic for water, it may turn into a completely sad plant. Just give it a normal watering, and within a day or two it will perk right up.