The perfect fall houseplant. Many peoples use crotons outside to add color to their green gardens, but many don’t realize crotons make one of the most colorful, unique houseplants. The colors vary from red, yellow, green, purple, white, and more. The shape and size also change depending on the variety.
Maintenance Level: Medium. While this plant won’t make top 5 easiest plants to care for, it is definitely rewarding when you see the colors change and the plant grow happy. They do excellent in well-lit bathrooms and kitchens.
Light level: Crotons work perfect in a window with full sun. They also do alright in part shade so a bright, sunny room works just fine. The more sun the plant receives, the more vibrant the color it shows.
Water needs: Crotons like an evenly moist soil, but they do not like to sit in wet soil. Touch the soil and see if the top of the soil is dry. If so, give it a little water, just enough to upkeep that evenly moist soil. Crotons like to be misted multiple times a week and love humidity.
Fertilizing requirements: Crotons like a balanced fertilizer (20-20-20) every two to three weeks. During winter months, however, once a month is perfect.
Repotting: Repot your croton only in the spring and summer when the plant is actively growing. If the roots are growing through the drain holes of its pot, or if you can see the roots on the top of the soil it’s time to upgrade the pot. Choose a pot that is only 2” larger than the current pot. Use an all-purpose potting mix like Espoma.
Always make sure your croton’s pot has proper drainage holes.
The sap on the inside is toxic to humans and pets. Keep away from any curious cats. They love the bright colors.
To get rid of any pests that might show up, wash your plants with a gentle soap and water mixtures.