Crotons are popular tropical, colorful foliage plants, with brilliantly-colored leaves shot with gold, red, orange, green and even pink. Leaf color, shape and plant size depends on variety – choose form swirly, narrow ribbons to wide, flat leaves. Because of their fall coloration, crotons are popular in outdoor fall decor, and then are often brought inside and grown as a houseplant during the winter months.
- Not winter hardy in our area; bring in if the temperature dips below 45° F
- Bring in for the season when temperatures are consistently under 50° F
- Will perform better the more sunlight it is exposed to; however, as indoor plant, avoid placing too close to South or West facing windows as windows magnify light and can cause leaves to burn
- Can take full sun when watered appropriately; broad leaf variety Petra requires more water than thinner leafed varieties like Mammy
- Extended periods of extreme heat and sun can stress darker leafed varieties; as with all plants, watch for signs of stress and adjust as needed
- Avoid overwatering; this can cause root rot