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Crotons (Codiadeum variegatum), the quintessential fall plant

croton plant

By Chris Stuhlsatz

It's Fall, which means you’re going to start seeing these EVERYWHERE so here’s a little bit about them. Crotons have a reputation for being a little fussy. They're evergreen shrubs native to Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia, which gives plenty of clues about their care. 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.

How to Care for Croton:

  • Place your croton in a sunny location. If your croton is getting too little light, its newer leaves will be less colorful.
  • Keep the soil evenly moist, but let it dry out between watering.
  • If humidity is low in your home, mist around the leaves with water once a week or keep a tray of wet gravel under or near the plant.
  • Croton leaves are dust magnets. Gently wipe the leaves with a moist cloth twice a month to keep them clean and dust-free.
  • Fertilize in spring and summer while the plant is actively growing. In fall and winter, fertilize more sparingly or refrain from fertilizing.

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