Croton ‘Petra’

Croton ‘Petra’

  • Indoor or outdoor growing

  • Colorful variegated leaves
  • Low maintenance

Regular price $34.95

  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
  • Ships in 2-3 business days
  • Buy direct from the grower
  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X


The Croton Petra plant is a beautiful variegated plant from the tropical rainforests of southeast Asia and India.

Croton Petra shrub (Codiaeum variegatum) features multiple bright colors on its leaves with shades of reds, yellows, oranges, greens, and purples. The Croton’s leaves are oval shaped with vividly colored veins lining the middles and edges to put on a picturesque display.

Petra Croton plant is a perennial shrub and stays evergreen all year long with the right growing conditions. It is perfect for growing indoors as a houseplant but it can also be grown outdoors for landscape design in certain growing zones, or in colder climates, it can be grown in containers and moved indoors for winters.

With the proper sunlight, watering, and humidity – tropical indoor plant enthusiasts can keep this unique evergreen shrub indoors to decorate your bedroom, bathroom, or office.


You can grow Croton Petra outdoors until temperatures drop. Keep croton temperatures above 55 F or more. Crotons zones are USDA hardiness 9-11. In all other areas of the United States, you must keep Croton in a container and bring it inside when the weather is not suitable for them. They will start dropping leaves if in too cold of an environment.

Croton Petra’s size can get fairly large at maturity. The full size is up to 7-10 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide. In warmer climates, you may see small Croton trees growing. It is the larger version of the Croton Mammy variety. More commonly when grown as a houseplant, you will see heights of 3-5 feet tall when containerized.

Croton soil should be well draining and slightly acidic. Any rich, fertile potting mix would be perfect for your new croton plant. As your croton shrub outgrows its pot, the soil will need to be freshened up every few years. Crotons may need to be repotted every 2 years or so. Fertilizing will help your croton grow tall and strong.

Petra Croton Light Requirements

Crotons require lots of full sun. Bright light is best but they can tolerate partial shade or indirect sunlight in warmer climates. We recommend at least 4-6 hours of bright direct sunlight per day to keep them thriving. When growing crotons indoors as houseplants, choose a south or east facing window to allow the proper sunshine to hit the leaves. If you notice your croton plant dropping leaves or producing green leaves that are not as vividly colored, your plant needs more sunlight. Indoor crotons should be kept away from drafty vents or cold areas.

How Often Should You Water a Croton Plant?

Water the croton whenever the soil feels dry to touch about 1 inch down in the pot. The soil should be kept consistently moist the first year of planting to establish a strong root systems. The watering schedule will depend on how much moisture the potting soil holds, the temperature, and humidity in the room or area it is growing in. Crotons do not like wet feet as this can cause root rot and potentially kill the plant. Be sure to keep it in a container with a drainage hole as a potted plant and don’t overwater.

How to Prune a Croton Plant

To keep your large croton plant growing healthy, you should prune it annually! Remove any dead leaves or branches and shape the Croton Petra to the desired size you would like to keep it at. The best time to prune croton shrubs is in the late winter or early spring growing seasons.

Is Croton Petra Poisonous to Cats

Yes! Croton plants are poisonous to cats, dogs, and other pets if ingested. It can even cause skin irritation on humans if the sticky sap that oozes out gets on you. Take caution when growing crotons near your animals.

Shop the Petra Croton Plant for sale.

Check out our Indoor Plant Care Guide for more information on growing crotons as house plants.

Shipping information

Once your Croton 'Petra' 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

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.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!


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.

Planting Instructions:

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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Botanical Name
Codiaeum variegatum 'Petra'

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Foliage Color

Mature Width
4-6 ft

Mature Height
7-10 ft

Growing Zones 9, 10, 11

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