The croton has leathery leaves in green, pink, red, yellow and orange. Often, one single plant can have leaves with different colours. Colours can change as the plant ages. Requiring a minimum of 4 hours of direct sun each day, it is a plant that can be difficult to grow and keep healthy. The soil should be evenly moist and the plant protected from drafts or overly warm temperatures. The leaves will drop if the soil is too dry or too wet.
- Keep the soil slightly moist from March to September
- Dry the surface, water until the saucer is full
- After a few minutes pour out the saucer, so that there is no waterlogging
- Reduce the water supply from October to February, without drying the soil completely
- Your croton appreciates a gentle mist. Fill daily soft, lukewarm water into a spray bottle to bathe the top and bottom parts.
Light and Temperature
- Bright to full sunshine with 75 to 100 percent light intensity
- Usually with light shading from strong sun at noon during summer time
- From March to September warm temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius
- From October to February cooler temperatures around 15 degrees Celsius