☘ Origin: India and Malaysia
☘ Family: Spurge, Euphorbiaceae
☘ Botanical Name: Codiaeum variegatum
☘ Common Name: Variegated Laurel
Symbolism: Croton's colorful and sometimes color-changing foliage means that the plant symbolizes change. It's an appropriately cheering gift for a child who is going off to college, a house move or a retirement.
It will do best in a bright spot, as it needs lots of light (4-6) hours a day if possible - to produce all those colorful and cheerful leaves. If your croton does not get enough light, you might find the plant grows tall and lanky with spare leaves lacking the rich, dark hues.
Give your plant a turn every few days to expose all sides to light for even growth from all sides.
Water when the top 25%-50% of the soil is dry, and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.
To give your plant the absolute best, room-temperature rainwater and bottled spring water are your best options. Any water containing sugar or salt will hurt your plant!
Appreciate a generous amount of humidity. You can boost the humidity by misting the leaves 2-3 times a week using filtered-water, or placing a humidifier nearby.
Prefers temperatures between (16-25°C). Keep your Croton away from drafts and cold areas like a windowpane in the winter.
For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer once in early spring, once in early summer, and again in mid-summer. Do not feed in the fall or winter.
Moderately toxic to pets and human, if ingested, it will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
Don’t panic if your plant drops a few leaves upon arrival. Generally, the Croton does not like to be moved, so a few falling leaves within a week doesn’t mean you are doing anything wrong. Make sure you follow the water and light guidelines, and before you know it you will have fresh, tender leaves that will soon mature to their full, blazing glory!
● Do Not Overwater! This will cause leaf drop and root rot that eventually could kill the plant. The worst thing you can do regarding watering is "give it too much".
● Make sure your plant is not placed near Heat or AC source. It is best to keep consistent room temperature throughout the seasons and not turn off Heat or AC when away or traveling. The best temperature ratio for almost any plant is (15°C-24°C).
Above all, make sure you’re ready for plant parenthood.
💡 These essential care instructions are just guidelines; watering frequency, care routine will vary depending on location, light, temperature, humidity and air circulation in a space -- and most of all on your care.
💡 Your plant relies on you to give it healthy living conditions and deserves plenty of TLC. In fact, the mere act of paying attention to it on daily basis -- or "listening | talking" to it, if you will -- is one of the most important things you can do as a plant parent.
💡 If you see any signs of distress, you may need to act immediately to save your plant.
💡 On top of useful plant care advice, is expanding your knowledge and self-study in regard to your specific plants types. Further reading is a great resource for learning all about your plants, and the proper care that each of them needs along with any signs of distress or diseases. You can learn which are the best spots for your plants in your home, how to grow different plants, how to water your plants correctly, how to treat immediately and more.
💡 At the end of the day, you’re the plant’s guardian and your plant cannot survive without your love and care.