Croton (Codiaeum) variegatum Petra
Light: Codiaeum need plenty of bright light. Direct sunlight for at least a few hours a day is recommended, however avoid the scorching midday sun as this will cause leaf fade. They can tolerate some degree of shade, but never for prolonged periods of time. The better the light conditions, the more you will be rewarded by fine foliage. Experiment in your home to find the ideal spot for your plant.
Water: Codiaeum needs to be in damp soil at all times. They do not respond well to soil that is wet or dry, and either will cause leaf drop. Watering with lukewarm water is recommended.
Temperature: Croton also need warmth. They are happy in temperatures from 18-29°C but can cope with as low as 15°C, however you must avoid draughts.
Humidity: Increased humidity levels are a must. Stand on a wet pebble tray to improve humidity and mist frequently. Gently hose in the shower from time to time to give an extra boost.
Feed: Apply a balanced fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season. Crotons like to be fed!
Care tips: Wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust. Do not use leaf shine as this will damage the foliage. Cut back to size if they become too tall. These plants are not easy care and will drop leaves if they are unhappy.
Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.
Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 120-150cm with a moderate growth rate.
Toxicity: Croton sap is poisonous. Keep plants away from children and pets and take care when handling. Wear gloves and rinse immediately if the sap gets onto your skin.
Origin: India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Western Pacific Islands.