Crotons are excellent and colorful foliage plants in tropical and mild subtropical climate. They prefer warm, humid climate. In general, light is essential for bright color of the foliage. In dry heat, however, exposure to direct sun, throughout the day or for a long period when the light intensity is very high in summer months will result in scorching of leaves. In mild climate they can tolerate sun for a longer period. Too much shade, on the other hand, makes the leaves green and less attractive. Low humidity and high temperature cause drooping of leaves. High humidity (60-70 %), optimum range of temperature (20-32 °C) and bright light are good environmental conditions for growing crotons. They are grown in ground and in pot and pot plants are very popular for indoor gardening.
Croton Petra is a tropical shrub with star-shaped flowers on long stalks. The foliage of Petra is broadly oval with a pointed tip with colours that vary between pink, red, orange, yellow, and green with the veins often times being a lighter colour.
This is one of the most common cultivars for both indoor and outdoor use. Croton is typically offered as an indoor plant, but can also be used outdoors as a seasonal accent plant in containers or plantings of annuals or mixed ornamentals.
Croton Plant Care
Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:
- Allow your plants to settle to your location first after receiving it.
- Do not overwater them suddenly. Check the moisture in the soil.
- If it is too dry then apply water gently.
- Keep the plant in indirect bright sunlight area to settle down easily.
- Gradually move the plant from shade to the area that receives morning sunlight.
- Croton can survive in indoor as well as outdoor conditions.
- Do not re-pot immediately after receiving it.