Crotons are a work of art with some of the boldest and brightest foliage around, vividly marked with bright yellow, orange, and red. These exotic plants are tropical in origin and have a reputation for being difficult to grow indoors. Luckily, the hot and humid Indian climate provides a perfect environment for their tropical nature, and once they acclimate to their new home, they’re quite low-care.
Why should you bring a Croton home?
It's a well-sized plant that will brighten up any corner of your home! The variegated leaves are stunningly unique and tend to feel like leather with a waxy shine that emphases their colors. Crotons are also well-know air purifiers, and make for a good addition to your clean-air plant collection.
A word of caution for pet-owners though, Crotons are moderately toxic to pets and humans if ingested, especially the sap from the leaves and stems. Keep the plants well out of reach.
Good bright light is a compulsory requirement for a healthy Croton plant and this cannot be ignored. Keep your Croton pot near a sunny window or a balcony corner. The plant can cope with some fairly low light conditions, but after a few months of this, you will notice that the leaf colors and markings will diminish or go completely dull.
The second most important Croton care requirement is watering. Too little and the leaves will fall and too much will cause a similar effect. You want the soil to be evenly moist for the majority of the time. However, if you can pour water out of the pot, or there is wetness in the drip tray an hour after watering you're overdoing it. If you're letting the soil dry out completely before you water again, you're making the opposite error of not giving enough.
How to Care for the Alocasia Recap:
1. Medium to Bright Light: Good light is preferred. Some filtered sun for an hour or two a day is helpful but not essential.
2. Moderate Watering: Keep moist during the growing seasons. Reduce and allow the soil to dry out a bit during Winter.
3. Temperature: Warm rooms are needed as they don't like the cold. No lower than 15°C at any time.
4. Average Feeding: Once a month or every other month. Nothing when your plant's not growing.
- These plants will suffer in cold temperatures including chilly draughts.
- Dusty leaves can slow the growth of your plant. Wash them with a damp cloth a few times a year.