Gardening

The croton: a unique foliage


The croton is native to the Pacific Islands. Maintenance, repotting, watering or even exposure, are small gestures that will make your croton even more beautiful.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Codiaeum variegatum
Family : Araceae
Type : Houseplant

Height
: 0.8 to 1 m indoors
Exposure : Very bright
Ground : Soil

Foliage
: Persistent

It brings happiness to our homes and apartments thanks to its great decorative power and its unique foliage.

Planting, repotting croton

Upon purchase, if the pot is too small, feel free to repot the plant so that it can develop properly.

Then, every 2 to 3 years and preferably in the spring, repot your croton in a pot with a slightly larger diameter.

  • The roots of the croton fear excess water.
    Make sure the pot is well drilled at the bottom.
    Improve drainage by placing a bed of gravel or gravel at the bottom of the pot. clay balls to facilitate the flow of water.
  • A good soil is necessary.
    The plant, when it lives indoors, needs soil because only it will provide it with the nutrients it needs.

Croton exhibition

The best place to set up your croton is near a window that lets in plenty of light but without the scorching sun.

  • It dreads too much sun if it dries out the plant.
  • The more light the croton receives, the more beautiful its foliage.

Absolutely avoid the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator as this tropical plant needs humidity.

  • The ideal temperature is around 20 °.

Croton maintenance

At the end of winter, if your croton has lost a lot of leaves, don't hesitate to cut back the leaves.

This will stimulate the arrival of new shoots and will rejuvenate your plant.

Watering the croton

Regular but moderate watering is necessary.
Throughout the year and especially in summer, mist the foliage to recreate the humidity of its natural environment.

In spring and summer:

Keep the potting soil moist and make sure that the water flow is correct.

Add liquid green plant fertilizer every 8 to 15 days or so during this growing period

  • Regularly spray the foliage with preferably non-hard water.

In autumn and winter:

Reduce watering so that you wait until the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.
Stop adding fertilizer.

Croton diseases

The most common diseases of houseplants, red spider mites and cochineal.

To know about croton

A wonderful houseplant, croton is nonetheless poisonous and should be handled with gloves to avoid any risk of poisoning.


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Video: Care for the Croton (October 2020).