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Croton Petra in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Codiaeum variegatum 'Petra'

 

Croton 'Petra'

Requiring a minimum of 4 hours of direct sun each day, Croton is a plant that can be difficult to grow and keep healthy. The soil should be evenly moist and the plant protected from drafts or overly warm temperatures. The leaves will drop if the soil is too dry or too wet. These are plants which only survive outdoors where temperatures do not normally drop below 10°C in winter. In colder climates, the plants are grown in greenhouses or as house plants. 'Petra' is one of the most common cultivars for both indoor and outdoor use. However, in hot or very bright conditions, the colours fade and the leaves blanch.

 
plant Features
  • Croton Petra likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Croton Petra likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Croton Petra is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Croton Petra likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Croton 'Petra'

Latin name

Codiaeum variegatum 'Petra'

type

Evergreen Shrub

family

Euphorbiaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Croton Petra likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Croton Petra is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Croton Petra likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Croton Petra likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Croton Petra is 2.00meters x 3.00meters 2.00 M 3.00 M

Codiaeum variegatum 'Petra'

Requiring a minimum of 4 hours of direct sun each day, Croton is a plant that can be difficult to grow and keep healthy. The soil should be evenly moist and the plant protected from drafts or overly warm temperatures. The leaves will drop if the soil is too dry or too wet. These are plants which only survive outdoors where temperatures do not normally drop below 10°C in winter. In colder climates, the plants are grown in greenhouses or as house plants. 'Petra' is one of the most common cultivars for both indoor and outdoor use. However, in hot or very bright conditions, the colours fade and the leaves blanch.


Propagation by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Take stem cuttings in spring and dip in rooting hormone before inserting in a half-half mix of sand and peat moss. Croton cuttings root in about a month.

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Whether Crotons are planted out or potted as houseplants, they will require bright light and at least 3 hours of direct sun each day. They will do best in warm climates 65-85°F/18-29°C. A moist and well drained soil is ideal.

 
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