Croton Plant Care ( Codiaeum Variegatum )

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Croton Plant Care (Codiaeum Variegatum)

The croton plant or Codiaeum variegatum, we will be using both names to facilitate identification,  is a very popular plant that you will find in many homes. It can be planted outdoors but also grow in pots that are placed indoors next to large windows or very well lit places.

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Croton Plant Care

Croton plant care (Codiaeum Variegatum) becomes easier when we understand its particular requirements. It is essential to know where it comes from. The croton plant is native of the Pacific Islands. Therefore, their main attribute is the permanent demand for moisture.

If you do not have enough moisture, then it is important to spray its leaves. We will also have to do it in the winter season, at which time the heating at home especially dries the indoor environment.

Exposure to Sunlight In The Croton Plant

The croton plant ( Codiaeum Variegatum ) needs luminosity to grow in good conditions. However, it should not receive direct exposition to sunlight. Therefore, it has to be located in a place with good luminosity but avoiding exposition to direct sunlight.

In fact, sunlight could burn its leaves and prevent its coloration. This happens frequently with the croton plant. This does not mean you do not need light, quite the opposite, as with other plants. The croton demands to be in a very well lit environment. Only in this way can its leaves acquire its characteristic tones, the main attraction of the plant.

Temperature Required For The Codiaeum Variegatum (Croton Plant)

Codiaeum Variegatum is a plant that grows well with average temperatures, that is to say winters with a minimum of 59° F (15 degrees Celsius) and summers of 81° F(27 degrees Celsius) of maximum temperature. However, one of the most important aspects is that the Codiaeum Variegatum is installed in a location where there are no sudden changes in temperature, a proper ventilation, and that the plant is not subject to strong air currents or drafts.

And this last topic mentioned is important. The croton plant does not accept sudden changes in temperature. We will also have to be careful not to expose it to drafts, so placing it at the entrance of the house is ruled out.

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Watering Of The Croton Plant ( Codiaeum Variegatum )

This plant needs moisture so watering is important. It is estimated that watering 2 or 3 times a week in spring and three times a week in summer, and every 4 or 5 days in winter will be enough. The important thing is that the croton plant is never in dry conditions. You can spray it in the summer thrice a week so it gets more moisture and this is fine.

So, as I said, it is important to know that croton plant care includes maintaining a certain level of moisture in the plant. Or, what is the same, water regularly. Although in the winter months we can do it once every four or five days, the pattern changes with the arrival of heat. By then, it will be necessary to water the Codiaeum Variegatum between two or three times per week. To guide us and know when to water again, we have it easy. When the substrate begins to dry, it is time to water. It is advisable not to let it ever be completely dry, as the croton plant will not recover easily.

Closely linked to this demand for water, there is another need when it comes to growing the croton plant. We refer to the imperative requirement of not exceeding the amount of irrigation and, added, have good drainage. Although the plant demands moisture, it does not deal well with waterlogging or overwatering.

Transplant And Repotting Of The Croton

For a correct croton plant care (Codiaeum Variegatum) during all its lifecycle, conside thet is has to be transplanted into a new container each two years. This repotting has to be done always to a vessel of larger size to fit adequately the additional space required by the growing root ball. There is no maximum in this aspect, but the ideal thing is that we do it every two years and always to a pot of larger dimensions. 

Fertilizer For The Croton Plants

The best approach for a good croton plant care is to receive a fertilizer twice a month to encourage its growth. 

Even when provided with the necessary luminosity, the croton plant demands extra doses of nutrients. Something that translates into using fertilizers from time to time. Twice a month, we will have to apply a dosage f fertilizer to the Codiaeum Variegatum. You should choose a liquid fertilizer that we will dissolve in the irrigation water.

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Conclusions For Croton Plant Care: Keep Moisture Up

The croton plant is one of the easiest houseplants to maintain, and it is also very beautiful with a mosaic of different colors. No, it has no flowering, but it is not even necessary for its beauty. The incredible color of its leaves makes, is what characterizes the croton plant. But for that you have to provide the plant with the proper care that I describe in this article.

With the adequate croton plant care approach following the steps of this article, mainly related to the permanent demand for moisture, you will have almost the same colors during the whole year. Also, do not expose to sunlight. If you do it, leaves will burn and they will turn brown. This is not only and advice just for the croton plant care but also for the care of other plants, also for succulents in general and aloe in particular.

Don Burke

I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide.  I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.

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