Croton's Vibrant Leaf Colors Depend on Bright, Indirect Sunlight (2022)

The croton plant (Codiaeum variegatum) has colorful variegated foliage and nearly limitless leaf forms. As evergreens in USDA hardiness zones 11 and 12, they are often grown outdoors as ornamental shrubs. In their native habitat, crotons like humid, warm conditions with dappled light and plentiful water. These plants are difficult to please indoors. Outdoor plants can reach 10 feet in height, but pot-grown specimens tend to be much smaller, making them suitable for permanent houseplants or indoor/outdoor container plants. Generally, crotongrows relatively slowly, gaining less than 12 inches of height per growingseason.

When growing croton plants indoors, the primary challenge is maintaining the ideal temperature because if it is too cold, they start losing leaves. However, crotons are well worth the effort for their explosion of color. Croton can be planted any time of year, depending entirely on the temperatures remaining consistently 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit indoors, outdoors, or in a greenhouse. Crotons are toxic to humans and animals.

Common NameCroton, garden croton
Botanical NameCodiaeum variegatum
FamilyEuphorbiaceae
Plant TypeEvergreen shrub
Mature Size3 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide
Sun ExposureFull, partial
Soil TypeMoist, well-draining
Soil pHAcidic (4.5 to 6.5)
Bloom TimeYear-round, although indoor plants rarely flower
Flower ColorYellow
Hardiness Zones11a-12b USDA
Native AreaTropical Asia and Pacific regions
ToxicityToxic to humans and animals

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Croton Care

A well-grown croton keeps its leaves down to the soil level—and the trick to this is to provide steady warmth. Even in outdoor settings, crotons drop leaves after a cold night. Vibrant leaf colors depend on the quality of light; they need lots of bright, shifting sunlight.

Low humidity inside the house makes crotons particularly susceptible to spider mites. Mist the plants daily to avoid an infestation. Crotons can be brought outdoors when temperatures remain above 50 F, provided they are properly acclimated to the light and temperature conditions.

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Light

Crotons need bright, indirect light. Some may not tolerate unfiltered, direct sunlight and tend to thrive in dappled sunlight. Vibrant colors depend on if it gets sufficient bright light. If the plant lacks the light it requires, the leaves will turn green.

Water

Keep them evenly moist in the summer. Croton plants need about one inch of water per week. Reduce watering in the winter to biweekly. Watch the plant for signs that it needs more water, such as wilting young foliage. Increase watering if the wilting noticeably happens during hot weather, but check the top couple of inches of soil with a finger for moisture before you increase water. If it's still moist, hold off on watering. Mist frequently during the growth period.

Soil

A well-drained, moist soil that has been enriched with compost is ideal. This plant prefers humus-rich, acidic soil.

Temperature and Humidity

Keep the room above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and do not expose the plant to cold drafts. Humidity,along with the lack of bright light, also affects the color of the leaves. Keep the humidity level at 40 to 80 percent. If the humidity isn't high enough, the plant may drop some of its leaves. If you have trouble maintaining the moisture in your home at this level, run a humidifier in the room or set a humidity tray beneath the plant and group it with other plants.

Fertilizer

Apply slow-release pellets three times per growing season: early spring, mid-summer, and early fall. Or, you can use a liquid fertilizer every other month during the growing season from early March to the end of September. Since fertilizers vary widely by type, read the package instructions for feeding quantity. In most cases, if you intend to feed on a regular schedule, you can reduce the package-suggested amount by half strength. Then, observe the plant's growth rate over the next month; you can adjust and add or reduce fertilizer depending on how vigorous you want your plants to grow. Stop giving fertilizer during the winter months.

Since this plant prefers slightly acidic soil, use acidifying fertilizers that contain ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate, orsulfur-coated urea.Your best target NPK ratios are 3-1-2 and 8-2-10 (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium).

Types of Croton Plant

There are hundreds of croton varieties, with names like 'Dreadlocks,' 'Ann Rutherford,' 'Mona Lisa,' and 'Irene Kingsley.' For a plant with such incredible diversity, it's impressive that there is only one species (C. variegatum). Each plant is unique due to this plant's genetic instability and variability; enthusiastic collectors highly prize unusual varieties. Crotons are often classified by leaf type: curling, twisted, oak leaf, narrow, broad, and oval. A few notable varieties include:

  • C. variegatum var. pictum: Large, brightly colored leaves of orange, red, bronze, green, purple, and yellow; grows 3 to 6 feet tall as a houseplant
  • C. variegatum 'Gold Star': Narrow, linear leaves of green with bright yellow spotting; has a tree-like habit and grows to only about 20 inches in height
  • C. variegatum 'Petra': A prevalent variety with oval, green leaves with pronounced veining in pink, red, orange, and yellow hues; it can reach 3 to 6 feet in height

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Pruning

These plants respond well to trimming, so if your croton plant becomes leggy, prune it back hard at the beginning of the growing season. Remove unhealthy leaves and branches or if you want to maintain a specific shape. Trim just above a node or leaf set. Try not to remove more than 1/3 of the stem at one time. The plant will regrow from the cut portion. If pruning an indoor plant,move it outside once it's been hardened off or gradually introduced to outdoor conditions for a week.

Propagating Croton Plant

You can propagate croton plants any time of year; the codependent factor is temperature. In tropical locales where the temperature remains consistently in the 70 to 80 F range, you can propagate croton plants year-round outdoors. Similarly, you can propagate indoors or in a greenhouse if you can maintain those temperatures. Crotons do not grow well from seed, as the plant is unstable, and the offspring won't resemble the parent. Crotons are easily propagated withstem cuttings. Stem cuttings encourage new growth and will control the size of the plant. Use a rooting hormone on your stem-cut ends to increase the odds of rooting success.

Crotons sometimes produce "sports," or shoots, that are entirely different from the parent plant. These offshoots can be potted up independently, and only cuttings reproduce a plant identical to the parent. Here's how to propagate your croton by division:

  1. You will need sterile pruners, well-draining commercial potting soil (sand, peat moss, and a vermiculite mixture), a growing pot, and rooting hormone (optional). You do not need a pot if you plant directly in the ground in tropical environments.
  2. Using sharp, clean pruning shears, cut a 4- to 6-inch stem with the circumference of a pencil at a 45-degree angle right above a leaf node. The cutting should have at least three leaves.
  3. Optional: For a higher rate of rooting success, dip the cutting in rooting hormone at the cut point.
  4. Plant the cutting in moistened soil about 1 to 1.5 inches deep. Put the plant in a warm, sunny spot away from cold drafts. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. You can enclose the pot in a clear plastic bag to create a greenhouse atmosphere to increase rooting success. After one week, remove the plastic bag.
  5. Roots should develop in four weeks. If you notice new growth, the plant has rooted. You can also test rooting by giving the cutting a gentle tug. If it feels taut, it has set roots. Once a plant has rooted, it's ready for transplanting to a larger pot or a spot inground.

Potting and Repotting Croton Plant

Repot a young croton every year in the spring or early summer for the first three growing seasons. After that, only repot when you notice roots growing out of the drainage holes or see roots growing at the soil level. Get a container with ample drainage holes. It should be only one size larger than the plant's current container. Put one to two inches of damp peat-based potting soil into the bottom of the new container.

Remove the plant from its old container by turning the croton on its side and gently sliding it out of its container. Set it in the center of the new pot. Fill in around the roots with potting soil. Water the plant and add additional soil if needed to bring the soil level to about one inch below the rim of the new container.

Overwintering

Crotons are sensitive to cold weather. If you live in a location that sometimes gets freezing temperatures or infrequent cold snaps, you should consider maintaining your plants in pots and bringing them indoors during temps that plunge lower than 50 F.

To protect in-ground specimens during unexpected cold weather, add about two inches of mulch around the base of the plant to insulate the roots. Use gardener’s blankets to keep the frost away. Use stakes to keep the blankets from weighing down the leaves and branches. These coverings keep in the warmth and protect against ice and harsh winds. Ensure the coverings are staked well or weighted down, so they do not blow away with the wind.

Common Pests & Plant Diseases

Croton is susceptible to a few plant diseases and pests. Crown gall is a common bacterial infection that affects croton. Crown gall appears like thick, swollen growths on the croton's stems and the veins of its leaves.If your plant gets this disease, it's recommended that you pull up the plant, discard it, and sterilize the container and gardening tools. It can spread to other plants and leave a wake of destruction in its path.

Anthracnose is a fungal infection that is sometimes called leaf spot or leaf blight. It makes tan-colored spots on the leaves. Cut off any infected foliage and avoid letting the leaves touch other plants since its spores can spread. If most of the plant looks affected, treat the plant with a standard copper-based garden fungicide.

The insects that like croton include mealybugs, spider mites, scales, and thrips.Use pesticides to remove these pests or less harsh alternatives like horticultural oil or insecticidal soap. If left untreated, leaf growth may get stunted, leaves will drop, and the plant can eventually die.

How to Get Croton to Bloom

All crotons are capable of making tiny star-shaped flowers on long thin stems when grown outdoors. However, croton plants rarely flower when grown indoors. The flower stem looks like a feathery vine, and the tiny blooms don't have a scent. They can flower any time of year, but it will likely happen when conditions are ideal, such as bright sun, enriched and acidic soil, moist but not soggy soil, and temps in the 70 to 80 F range. Also, relocating an indoor plant outdoors when the temperatures are warm may spur flower production.

Common Problems With Croton Plant

Crotons are finicky plants. Cool breezes, insufficient humidity, and poor soil or insufficient nutrients will affect the health of this plant and can invite a host of problems, including pests, diseases, and a lackluster appearance. Control its environment as best as you can to keep your plant thriving.

Dull Leaf Coloration

The plant's most vibrant colors come with bright light, but the temperatures must not be sweltering. Summer in tropic zones might be a little too much for some croton. Reduce or hold off on applying fertilizer during a heatwave or higher temps. Intensely hot days will stress out croton and may cause graying or flat colors. Fans or air ventilation can cool down the leaves and will help preserve the health of the leaves. Check water levels and don't let the plant dry out during periods of high heat.

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Curling or Rolling Leaves

Leaves can roll or twist when the leaves get large and the color is flat or full. To fix this, reduce fertilizer. The plant is likely growing too quickly and may need more light to grow properly. Move the plant to a location with more lighting if you can.

Leaf Drop

Crotons will drop their leaves at any hint of cool temperatures or cool drafts. Bring in the plant if your plant is in a pot outdoors and the forecast calls for temperatures dipping below 50 F. Insect activity can also cause leaves to fall, namely mites and mealybugs. Inspect the undersides of leaves closely for tiny eggs or insects. You'll need to clean off the leaves with insecticidal soap or treat the affected areas with horticultural oil to remove the pests.

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What kind of light does a croton need? ›

Where to Grow Croton Plants. Croton plants develop their best colors when grown in bright light. As houseplants, they must be situated in a sunny window. They will tolerate medium light indoors, but won't grow much and foliage may revert to plain green.

Why croton leaves are not colorful? ›

Most often, croton plants with faded leaves are simply not receiving enough light. Conversely, some colors may fade if crotons are exposed to excessive direct light. Each variety has its own light preferences, so check whether the variety you have does best in full sun or partial sun.

Can croton grow in artificial light? ›

Natural light is preferred, but certain varieties can thrive under fluorescent lights as well. The more colorful a croton is the more light it needs. Watering Needs: Indoor croton plants should be watered only when the top of the soil is dry to the touch.

Why is my croton green? ›

A. It sounds normal. Croton foliage emerges green then usually turns yellow and eventually darker shades of red as the season progresses. Most evergreen trees and shrubs shed their old leaves as new foliage emerges.

Do Crotons need direct light? ›

Croton plants prefer full sun, but depending on the species, some can tolerate partial shade. The amount of sun that the plant receives will correlate to the intensity of its color. In order to attain full, vibrant color, the plant should remain in good light.

How do you keep Crotons colorful? ›

How to Keep Color of Croton Houseplants
  1. Place croton houseplants near a south-facing window that receives direct sunlight all day.
  2. Provide some afternoon shade if the croton has orange or red leaves that begin to fade in all-day sun. ...
  3. Maintain temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit for best leaf production and size.

Why is my plant losing its color? ›

Lack of sunlight

The most common reason for leaves turning pale is not getting enough sunlight. You probably know that leaves are full of chlorophyll, the chemical that allows them to turn sunlight into energy, through photosynthesis. When your plant is photosynthesising happily, chlorophyll turns bright green.

How do you shine croton leaves? ›

Clean leaves with a bit of soapy water.

If water alone is not enough, try a mixture of all-natural liquid soap and water. You can dip a soft cloth in the soap and water solution and wipe the leaves carefully, or you can lather your hands with the solution and gently apply it to the plant.

Why do croton leaves turn yellow? ›

Key Takeaways: Under watering, over watering or cold temperatures are usually the cause for a dying croton plant. Temperatures lower then 50ºF cause the crotons leaves to drop and the plant to die back. Under watering and low humidity can cause the leaves to turn yellow, die back and drop off.

How many hours of light does a croton need? ›

The croton needs at least 5 hours of sunshine a day. If you place the plant near a south-facing window, place it +- 2 to 3 meters from the window, otherwise the plant will get too much direct sunlight. If this houseplant is lighter, the leaves will be more colorful. If the leaves are dark, give more light.

Do Crotons like high light? ›

Place croton in a sunny location such as an eastern, southern, or western window. If a croton is getting too little light, its newer leaves will be less colorful. Keep the soil evenly moist, but let it dry out between waterings.

Can croton tolerate low light? ›

Solution: Your Croton plant prefers direct sunlight or full sun, but exposing your Croton plant for too long can cause scorched brown spots or sunburn. Color loss of Croton is common in low light conditions. Since it's a tropical plant, they do best under bright indoor light or full sun.

What fertilizer is best for Crotons? ›

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  • Down to Earth Organic Fruit Tree Fertilizer Mix 6-2-4.
  • Dyna-Gro Foliage-Pro Fertilizer 9-3-6.
  • Miracle-Gro Indoor Plant Food 1-1-1.
  • Jobe's Indoor Houseplant Fertilizer Spikes 13-4-5.
  • Espoma Organic Indoor Houseplant Food 2-2-2.
  • Osmocote Smart-Release Plant Food Plus 15-9-12.

Why do Crotons do not look green? ›

The leaves of the croton plant have chlorophyll, but they appear dark red in color. This is because the higher percentages of other pigments anthocyanins and carotenoid present in them, hides the green color of the chlorophyll. So, the leaves of the croton plants can also make food by the process of photosynthesis.

How often should I water croton? ›

Sure, you want to water your croton every 3-7 days in summer and spring to keep the soil moist but not soggy. However, you don't want to actually count days before watering. Instead, check the soil moisture and water when ½ inch of topsoil is dry.

Can Crotons grow in shade? ›

Croton has the best color in bright, indirect light. Croton does best in fertile, well-drained, moist soil. They need bright, indirect light when grown indoors. Outdoors they thrive in partial shade, and in cool climates can tolerate full sun if kept moist (and are acclimated first when moved from inside).

Where do Crotons grow best? ›

Crotons are relatively easy-going plants in the landscape, but they don't tolerate wet feet well and should be planted in well-drained soil. They will thrive in either full sun or part-shade locations, though in shadier spots their colors may be more muted.

Why is my croton leaves drooping? ›

Crotons prefer their soil to stay consistently moist. Be sure you're not over or underwatering your plant. Keep a consistent watering schedule–water when the top 2”-3” of the soil are dry. If you accidentally let your Croton's soil dry out completely, you may see leaves go limp, droop, and possibly drop.

Which Crotons do best in full sun? ›

Magnificent Croton

They have dense, dark-green leaves with patches of various colors like pink, bright yellow, orange, red, and purple. These Crotons thrive the best when exposed to full sunlight.

Can Crotons grow in full sun? ›

As a garden plant, Crotons are one of the toughest and most adaptable species out there. Most cultivars will happily take full sun all day, and can handle extended drought periods once established. That said, they will also grow in heavy shade and will respond to extra water with vigorous growth.

How do you fertilize Crotons? ›

Apply a low-nitrogen, slow-release, granular fertilizer, such as a 3-1-2, to the soil at the base of the croton plant in early spring. Spread the fertilizer out over the entire pot, if the croton is potted. For croton plants that are outdoors, apply the fertilizer outward 1 foot from the base of the plant.

How do you make leaves greener? ›

Dilute one teaspoon of Epsom Salts in a litre of water and you can spray that over foliage once a month during summer." "If you put those two treatments together, you're plants will be greener than green and they'll be super efficient at capturing that sunlight and converting it into growth!" Jerry ends.

Why are my plant leaves so pale? ›

Pale plant leaves can be caused by overwatering, lack of nutrients, and limited sunlight which all reduce the chlorophyll density which is responsible for green leaves. Pale plant leaves can also be a symptom of genetic disorders in plants, including phyllody and chloranthy.

What nutrient deficiency causes yellow leaves? ›

Sulphur. Sulphur is a component in the formation of chlorophyll. Deficiencies result in yellow leaves and stunted growth.

Can you use olive oil to shine plant leaves? ›

You can put olive oil on plant leaves but only when diluted with water. Put it in a spray bottle and spray it on the leaves to add shine. You should not put pure, undiluted olive oil on the leaves as it can block pores, and the plant will not absorb and filter the air.

Is coconut oil good for plant leaves? ›

Even your green friends can benefit from coconut oil! For indoor greenery, simply rub a few dabs of coconut oil on plant leaves and stems for added health. It will keep their roots extra moist and absorbent. Plus, it will leave their limbs glistening with a healthy, dust-free finish.

What can I spray on plant leaves to make them shine? ›

DIY PLANT LEAF SHINE & CLEANER RECIPE:
  1. 2 cups of water.
  2. 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar.
  3. 2 drops of castile/dish soap (we're fond of Dr. Bronner's)
  4. 2 drops coconut oil (optional: if you really want that glossy look)
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How long do croton plants live? ›

How long do crotons live? The average lifespan of indoor croton is two to four years. To keep your plant outliving its lifespan, take stem cuttings from a mature, healthy plant to propagate the plant. A plant living outdoors in the correct zone in ideal conditions will live longer.

Why are plants like crotons Colourful? ›

Plant leaves obtain different colours due to the presence of different types of pigment like carotenoids (yellow, orange), anthrocyanin (purple) etc. But chlorophyll is also present on these leaves but remains hidden or musked among other pigments. These chlorophylls perform photosynthesis just like other green plants.

How do you save an overwatered croton plant? ›

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How do you save a dying croton? ›

Heat and humidity – Croton plants are tropicals, meaning they thrive in warm and humid conditions. If your croton's leaves fall off, it could be that it's been exposed to cold or hot extremes such as open doors or air ducts. A humidifier or a regular misting with distilled water will help your croton feel at home.

How much sun does a Petra croton need? ›

The Croton 'Petra' plant will produce multicolored leaves in moderate to bright, indirect sunlight. It can tolerate lower light, but its leaves will stay green like its new growth. It needs 4-6 hours of indirect sunlight a day to keep it colorful and vibrant.

How fast do crotons grow? ›

How fast do croton plants grow? Croton are regarded as slow to moderate growers. Given plenty of bright light and consistently moist soil, your croton may grow as much as 12 inches over the course of one growing season.

Is croton an air purifier? ›

The colourful foliage of croton along with air purification ability makes it unique and special. Croton Petra is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow.

How often should I fertilize my croton plant? ›

When using a regular fertilizer, it's better to do light monthly feedings throughout the growing season. Reduce this to once every other month during winter. Remember, crotons tend to be mostly dormant in the wintertime, so it's easy to overfeed them.

What soil do Crotons like? ›

Soil – Croton plants require rich soil. I use a combination of organic compost and peat moss. These plants require soil that drains well; they do not like to sit in a pool of water though, so the pot also needs to be able to drain as well.

Do Crotons like misting? ›

Like many houseplants, caring for a croton involves proper watering and humidity. Since it is a tropical plant, it does benefit from high humidity, so placing it on a pebble tray or regularly misting it will help keep it looking its best.

Are Crotons hard to care for? ›

About. Crotons have some of the boldest and brightest foliage around. Often vividly marked with bright yellow, orange, and red, these exotic plants have a reputation for being high-maintenance due to their tropical nature, but once they acclimate to their new home, they're quite low-care.

How do you care for a croton plant indoors? ›

Crotons need plenty of bright light, a consistently warm spot and high humidity. They can take some direct sunshine but keep them away from direct midday sun. Keep the soil moist from spring to autumn, and provide some humidity by misting regularly or standing on a tray of moist pebbles.

Can croton tolerate low light? ›

Solution: Your Croton plant prefers direct sunlight or full sun, but exposing your Croton plant for too long can cause scorched brown spots or sunburn. Color loss of Croton is common in low light conditions. Since it's a tropical plant, they do best under bright indoor light or full sun.

How many hours of light does a croton need? ›

The croton needs at least 5 hours of sunshine a day. If you place the plant near a south-facing window, place it +- 2 to 3 meters from the window, otherwise the plant will get too much direct sunlight. If this houseplant is lighter, the leaves will be more colorful. If the leaves are dark, give more light.

How much sun does my croton need? ›

Crotons require six to eight hours of direct sunlight to produce vibrant yellow, red, and purple foliage. Place a croton plant in an eastern, southern, or western exposure window to ensure that it gets enough sunlight.

Is croton a good indoor plant? ›

The croton plant is often grown outdoors in tropical climates, but also makes excellent houseplants.

Where do crotons grow best? ›

Crotons are relatively easy-going plants in the landscape, but they don't tolerate wet feet well and should be planted in well-drained soil. They will thrive in either full sun or part-shade locations, though in shadier spots their colors may be more muted.

Why are my croton leaves drooping? ›

Crotons prefer their soil to stay consistently moist. Be sure you're not over or underwatering your plant. Keep a consistent watering schedule–water when the top 2”-3” of the soil are dry. If you accidentally let your Croton's soil dry out completely, you may see leaves go limp, droop, and possibly drop.

Do Crotons need a lot of water? ›

Crotons need plenty of water. Even though they need good drainage they should not be allowed to dry out, which can happen in winter. With a container plant, don't let the soil dry completely before watering.

Will Crotons grow in full sun? ›

Many crotons grow best in full sun, but many cultivars can tolerate, and even prefer, light shade partial shade. Crotons are best grown in subtropical South and Central Florida. Frosts or freezes will damage them, but they quickly recover. When used outdoors this plant looks most attractive when grown in groups.

Which Crotons do best in full sun? ›

Magnificent Croton

They have dense, dark-green leaves with patches of various colors like pink, bright yellow, orange, red, and purple. These Crotons thrive the best when exposed to full sunlight.

Why do Crotons turn yellow? ›

Key Takeaways: Under watering, over watering or cold temperatures are usually the cause for a dying croton plant. Temperatures lower then 50ºF cause the crotons leaves to drop and the plant to die back. Under watering and low humidity can cause the leaves to turn yellow, die back and drop off.

How do you make crotons grow faster? ›

Crotons have a slow to moderate growth, at up to 12 inches in a growing season. Consistently warm temperatures, regular watering and bright, filtered light encourage faster growth.

Is croton indoor or outdoor plant? ›

In areas with warm, humid summers, croton can be grown outdoors as a unique and colorful landscape plant. They work well in tropical-themed containers or alongside annuals in the ground. When nighttime temperatures drop to around 50°F (10°C), croton will need to be taken indoors.

Do Crotons need fertilizer? ›

Crotons need fertilization no more than three times a year – once in early spring, once in mid-spring, and once during the summer. They aren't hungry plants and they're easy to overfertilize. Because they're fertilized only three times a year, it is best to use granular fertilizer because of its slow-release formula.

Is croton an air purifier? ›

The colourful foliage of croton along with air purification ability makes it unique and special. Croton Petra is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow.

How often should I water my croton? ›

Sure, you want to water your croton every 3-7 days in summer and spring to keep the soil moist but not soggy. However, you don't want to actually count days before watering. Instead, check the soil moisture and water when ½ inch of topsoil is dry.

Are Crotons hard to care for? ›

About. Crotons have some of the boldest and brightest foliage around. Often vividly marked with bright yellow, orange, and red, these exotic plants have a reputation for being high-maintenance due to their tropical nature, but once they acclimate to their new home, they're quite low-care.

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