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The Croton - Plant Care Instructions and Tips

Codiaeum variegatum

The Codiaeum variegatum is a plant that requires little additional care and typically does not require pruning except to remove old leaves as they fade. For even growth, rotate the plant a little when you water.

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    Quick Croton Plant Stats

    • Light:  Bright, sunny light
    • Air Cleaner:  Removed formaldehyde from the air
    • Difficutly:  Easy to grow and low maintenance 
    • Pet-Friendly:  Toxic if ingested, but may cause upset stomach
    • Size:  10" to 12" tall (overall height including pot)

     

    Light Requirements

    Your Croton will grow best with consistent, bright sunny light. Many people put their Croton in a window. East or West window is best, will also tolerate a North window.  If the Croton does not get enough light, it may grow lanky.

    Water Requirements

    Water when the top 2-3 inches of the soil are dry, then thoroughly water until the water drains into the saucer. Empty the saucer if the water level is high so not to drown the roots. The worst thing you can do to your Croton is to over water it.

    Humidity Preference

    Your Croton will appreciate you misting its leaves to help to keep the pests (damaging insects) from making themselves at home on the leaves. Use a pebble tray or humidifier to help boost humidity in dry areas.

    Optimum Temperature

    The Croton enjoys average room temperatures of 60-80 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 50 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.

    Plant Food

    For best results, feed your plant every month during the spring and summer with diluted liquid fertilizer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

    Additional Care

    Your Croton requires little additional care and typically does not require pruning except to remove old leaves as they fade. For even growth, rotate the plant a little when you water.

    Toxicity

    The Croton is considered toxic. Ingestion may cause a stomach upset.

     

    The Codiaeum Variegatum was featured in the September 2021 Lunarly box.

     If you have further questions or if the plant just isn’t thriving, contact us at Hello@Lunarly.com