How to Care of Croton Plants Indoors
Crotons are gaining more and more space on indoors decoration, due to its beauty at the sameit’s very simple to take care of. Croton plants (Codiaeum variegatum) are a perfect choice for urban gardeners, with a lot of benefits for those who cultivate it. It gives a great “life” aspect to the house, especially for elder or childless people’s homes, as well those who can’t or simply don’t want to have pets. Also, it purifies the air within the property, making it cooler. Here are some tips and advice for you for the best performance when it comes to raising and taking care of croton plants indoors.
Crotons are gaining more and more space on indoors decoration, due to its beauty at the sameit’s very simple to take care of. Croton plants
Very adapted to homes located on tropical and subtropical climates, crotons are famous for their brilliant leaves in red, yellow, green, purple, orange and mixed colors. The first lesson is: you either can buy a new seeding on a vase or grow your own croton from cuttings from an already mature plant. To do it, cut 5 to 6 inches long cuttings with leaves from an older plant. To grow them properly, you need a mix of river sand, peat moss and normal garden soil, mixed in equal proportions. If you don’t have peat moss, you can try using a mix of river sand and potting mix. Plant the cuts from a same plant in the same vase, and cut the tips of the leaves a bit to further its development. It take about 4 weeks to the cuts start developing new roots and for the new leaves start to emerge.
Well, now your croton plant its already planted and quite mature, you can start working on its maintenance. At the same time crotons are one of the easiest options of plants to take care of, it’s important to take some time to check it out and give some attention too.
Usually croton buyers have a bad impression of them, becausewhen they bring it home from the store it usually starts to lose some foliage, sometimes all of this indeed. That’s because crotons don’t like too much moving, so before you start to cultivate it, decide the ideal place in the house to allocate it, with the ideal circulation of air and sun exposure.
Due to its tropical origins, crotons like humidity and heat at the same time. So its success depends on regular watering. When planting indoors, make sure of just water your croton when the top of the soil looks dry, as it is place on a container (vase). Also remember to protect it from cold weather, due to its sensibility to temperatures below 60º F (15º C). Lower temperatures make the plant lose a lot of leaves and, within a long time, even die.
Another usual complaining from urban gardeners when taking care of croton it’s losing of color from nothing. Croton usually loses its color also due to low temperatures, and also then they don’t absorb enough light. But pay attention: most of croton species start to lose leaves when don’t get enough sun light, but at the same time there is species that don’t want a hard direct exposure to sun light. So work with moderate and healthy sun light when it comes to exposure.