The Croton

The Croton (Codiaeum) is a renouned residence plant and a captivate is obvious – transparent leaflet colors and sundry root shapes. Stiff leaves are borne on an honest plant –  a common settlement is large and lobed leaflet on that there are clearly colored veins. A tough-looking plant in a emporium or garden center, but  before we buy one of a accumulation of Codiaeum variegatum pictum we contingency make certain that we can prove a fussy requirements. It will need a sincerely consistent feverishness which will not dump next 60°F and it will need high atmosphere humidity.

The compost will have to be kept wet during all times during a flourishing deteriorate with temperate water, and we will have to keep the pot divided from draughts. Regular feeding is required during the flourishing deteriorate though it should be stopped in winter when proper caring calls for tolerably comfortable atmosphere and rather dry compost. Your prerogative for formulating a right conditions will be a colorful brush with a transparent pointer of a expert… a lower stem of a Croton entirely dressed with leaves.



The simple accumulation is Codiaeum variegatum pictum, and over a years hundreds of different named forms have appeared. Most have Laurel-like foliage, though there are also split leaves, prolonged ribbons, lobed leaves, disfigured and twisted types. Identification is not easy – a tone mostly changes with age, a pinkish or red paint holding over from a yellows and greens. 

Examples of obvious varieties include Appleleaf and Vulcan (yellow with red edges and immature veins), Norma (green  with red veins and splashes of yellow), aucubifolium (green with yellow spots), Bravo (green splashed with yellow). Reidii is popular – so are a lobed varieties such as craigii and holufiiana. There are many, many others, such as Mrs lceton, Excellent, Gold Finger, Gold Sun, Julietta, Petra, Europa, Gold Star and Gold Moon.


Secrets of success

Temperature: smallest 60°F in winter.

Light: Good light is required – an east– or west-facing windowsill is ideal.

Water: Water liberally from open to fall. H2O sparingly in winter.

Propagation: Take branch cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and yield bottom heat.


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