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Garden Croton in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Codiaeum variegatum

 

Garden Croton

The croton has leathery leaves in green, pink, red, yellow and orange. Often, one single plant can have leaves with different colours. Colours can change as the plant ages. Requiring a minimum of 4 hours of direct sun each day, it 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.

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plant Features
  • Garden Croton likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Garden Croton likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Garden Croton is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Garden Croton likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Garden Croton

Latin name

Codiaeum variegatum

type

Evergreen Shrub

family

Euphorbiaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Garden Croton likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Garden Croton is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Garden Croton likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Garden Croton likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Garden Croton is 1.00meters x 1.50meters 1.00 M 1.50 M

Codiaeum variegatum

The croton has leathery leaves in green, pink, red, yellow and orange. Often, one single plant can have leaves with different colours. Colours can change as the plant ages. Requiring a minimum of 4 hours of direct sun each day, it 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.


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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