With their colorful foliage in a variety of exotic shades of green, yellow, red, and even purple, our croton plants for sale are a vibrant way to add a tropical look to your home and garden. Croton leaves add a striking touch, with their eye-catching markings that cast tropical patterns. Crotons come in many varieties and are low-maintenance plants that are easy to grow and look after.
Croton plants can be grown in containers in colder northern climates as well, so anyone can get a live croton plant and look after them as houseplants. Garden croton leaves grow from 2 to 12 inches long and come in a variety of shapes and patterns.
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What is a Croton?
Crotons (Codiaeum variegatum), also known as Joseph’s Coat and Garden Croton, are originally from southeast Asia and Australia. Croton shrubs grow as large as 10 feet tall, smaller if grown indoors and in containers. Crotons are considered perennials and are famous for their strikingly patterned and colorful leaves.
How to Propagate Crotons
Croton propagation is easy! To start you’ll need a croton cutting that is 3-4 inches long and has at least 3 leaves. You can place the cutting on paper to dry the milky sap before placing the cutting in a container. Cover with a clear plastic bag to increase humidity and encourage growth. It's important to keep the soil moist at this stage, but do not over water the croton cutting. The new croton’s roots can grow in usually less than a month.
Are Crotons Perennials?
Yes, croton plants are considered tender perennials that grow best in warm environments. They are known to grow in USDA zones 9 through 11. They can also be grown indoors in pots or containers in colder climates.
Are Croton Plants Toxic to Cats & Dogs?
Yes, croton plants are poisonous to pets and humans, especially the seeds. Ingestion may cause mild oral and gastrointestinal irritation resulting in mild drooling, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. When cut, crotons leak a milky sap that can be irritating to the skin.
How To Care for a Croton Plant
Crotons are a low maintenance plant and are easy to take care of. Ensure your croton is getting enough light or its new leaves may not be as colorful and keep to a consistent watering schedule. You can fertilize crotons to help them grow and repot them if they overgow their container. If you're growing your croton plant indoors, you can dust it every so often to help keep its leaves clean.
Can Crotons Take Full Sun?
Many crotons varieties grow best in full sun although some types enjoy light or partial shade. Most croton plants prefer a lot of sunlight and humid climates. Crotons are warm hardy and do not like the cold.
Do Crotons Like Acidic Soil?
Crotons love acidic soil and prefer to be planted in and fertilized with an organic acidic soil that includes organic perlite and organic sphagnum moss. Acidic soil for croton plants should also hold the right amount of moisture with proper drainage.
Why are My Croton Leaves Drooping?
Though there are other possible reasons, drooping croton leaves are usually a sign that the croton soil is severely dry or its being overwatered. Croton leaves can go limp and even fall if the soil dries out completely. To help fix it, place the croton container in 4 inches of room temperature water, giving the soil enough time to soak . Then drain the pot completely and keep a consistent watering schedule from then on.
How Often to Water Crotons
Crotons need to be watered often and consistently. It’s also important to not overwater them. The best way to water crotons is to wait till the top 1 inch of soil is somewhat dry, which is usually around 3 to 7 days in the spring and summer. Avoid making the soil soggy and never let a potted croton sit in standing water.