The rainbow-colored foliage of the Croton Petra plant makes it an eye-catching addition to any room. Its variegation also increases with sun exposure. Growing up to 6 ft, it’s perfect for large indoor spaces.
Croton Plants are the perfect choice to enrich your space with bright, vivid colors.
Croton is native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia and comes in a variety of leaf sizes and colors.
The colors can include black, cream, orange, pink, purple, red, and yellow. These colors can often exist in combinations, appearing in splotches or stripes. As it ages, the plant’s color may darken to nearly black.
Though they have a reputation for being fussy, they are a resilient exotic plant. Indoor Croton plants do not like to be moved. Any shock to their environment can lead to leaf loss. But once they settle in a space, they are pretty low-maintenance and can be hard-to-kill.
Their striking foliage has an upright growth habit. On maturing, Croton plants can grow up 6 ft in height with a spread of upto 5 ft.
These dense, perennial shrubs will brighten up any room. They are vibrant, with a coarse texture, providing a well-rounded composition. Apart from their obvious aesthetic appeal, they also remove toxins from the atmosphere and make the air more breathable.
Light and Temperature Requirements – Sun exposure for croton plants varies for each variety. Some need a medium to low light, while others need more direct sunlight. In general, the more colorful a croton plant, the more sun exposure it needs to maintain its vivid foliage. Croton plants love warmth, and prefer room temperature, between 60°F to 70°F.
Soil Conditions – Croton thrives in soil with adequate draining while still maintaining enough moisture to foster growth. Make sure the pot does not retain too much water to prevent root rot.
Water Requirements – Keeping the plant evenly moist is vital as its growth depends on a humid environment. Water the top of the soil when it starts to dry and don’t let it stay dry for a prolonged period. Regular misting will also help its growth.
Food Requirements – Feed your Croton plant with a low-nitrogen, time-released, granular fertilizer, that has an 18-3-6 NPK ratio. Do so once during spring and summer.
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