The Croton Mammy shrub (Codiaeum Variegatum) features brilliantly colored foliage that feels tropical and unique! It’s perfect for indoor or outdoor growing.
The Mammy Croton plant has multicolored leaves with hues of yellow, red, orange, purple, and green. The bright colorful leaves are unusual, sword shaped, with linear growth habits that lean towards the light. The leaves are evergreen and will stay colorful all year long as they spiral around the trunk. It is a smaller species of the popular Petra Croton variety.
Croton Red Mammy plant is suitable for growing indoors or outdoors. Growers in colder climates can keep it in containers and move Croton Mammy indoors for winter when temperatures drop below 55 F. You can keep crotons indoors as house plants all year long with the proper care. They fit into almost any room including kitchens, offices, bedrooms, bathrooms, or living rooms & add the pop of color your home decor needs!
When hardy enough to be grown outdoors in USDA growing zones 9-11, they look incredible when planted in garden beds as accent plants, incorporated into hedges, or planted into containers where the vibrant color can be seen.
CROTON MAMMY CARE
The Crotons houseplants do need fertilizer annually that is applied in early spring and summer to help with growth and boost the beautiful colors that shine through the veiney leaves. It is not recommended to fertilize during fall and winter.
Croton watering is essential to keep the soil moist. Well draining soil is a must for these slow growing plants. If you are growing crotons in a pot, a drainage hole is necessary to avoid root rot. Water roughly once a week or whenever the potting soil feels dry to touch. Your watering schedule will vary depending on soil moisture, humidity, and temperatures.
There are no major Mammy Croton plant pest and disease issues and it is deer resistant.
How Much Sun Does a Croton Plant Need?
Crotons need a lot of bright sunlight. They are tropical plants native to India and require bright, direct light to thrive in warm, humid environments. A south or east facing window is best with plenty of full sun. If you are growing crotons outdoors, it can be in direct sunlight but harsh afternoon sun may scorch the leaves. They are not as sensitive as most and will grow towards the light wherever you plant them. Partial shade is best in hotter climates. The #1 sign your croton plant is not getting even sunlight is leaf drop.
How Big do Crotons Get?
The Mamey Croton height is up to 2-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide. It can be contained by regular pruning and shaped to any desired size. It’s perfect for growing in pots or small spaces in the garden. Mammy Croton spacing should be at least 1-2 feet apart to allow the root systems to grow to their fullest potential.
How to a Prune Croton Bush
It is not necessary to practice pruning on crotons unless it has become unruly and needs a trim. You can prune crotons at any time of the year but the very best time is in early spring before the active growing season begins. When pruning, be wary of the sap that leaks out of any pruning cuts. It can cause skin irritation. You may prune back dead leaves at any time to encourage new growth. Small pruning shears or scissors are your best tools for this practice.
*Disclaimer: Croton plants and cats do not mix well. Croton leaves are toxic to cats, dogs, and other pets so be sure to keep away and do not allow them to ingest any part of the potted plant.
Shop the Mammy Croton for sale for an indoor and outdoor shrub of all seasons that attracts visual attention.
Codiaeum variegatum ‘Mammy’
- Bright, colorful foliage
- Easy care & maintenance
- Perfect for container growing
Once your Croton 'Mammy' Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.
Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.
No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.
Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.
We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.
Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?
Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.
Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.
Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!
Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.
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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.
Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.
Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.
Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.
A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.
To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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Full Sun / Partial Shade
Growing Zones 9, 10, 11