Information About Croton Plants

Information About Croton Plants

Cutting Back Croton Leaves: Should You Prune Crotons

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Crotons can grow quite leggy, and leaves may develop damage due to thrip feeding. Cutting back a croton can help you acquire a thicker bush or remove ugly leaves. Whatever the purpose, a few tips on croton pruning from this article will help.

Care Of Outdoor Croton Plants: How To Grow A Croton Outdoors

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Hardy to zones 9 to 11, most of us on grow croton as a houseplant. However, croton in the garden can be enjoyed during the summer and sometimes into the early fall. You just need to learn some rules about how to grow a croton outdoors. This article will help.

Croton Leaf Drop – Why Is My Croton Dropping Leaves

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Your brilliant indoor croton plant is dropping leaves like crazy. Don?t panic. Leaf drop on croton plants can be expected any time the plant is stressed. You just need to know how to give croton what it needs to thrive. Click here to learn more.

Croton Indoor Plant – Care Of Croton Plants

By Heather Rhoades

Croton plants have a reputation for being fussy, but in reality, if you know about caring for a croton houseplant properly, it can make for a resilient and hard to kill plant. This article will help.

Crotons: How To Grow And Care For Codiaeum Variegatum

Crotons offer a splash of color to any environment. With thick, leathery leaves that have a shiny surface and that grow in a wide variety of colors, they’re admired as an ornamental. They even flower, with both male and female flowers on a given plant — but their inflorescence pales in comparison to the red, orange, yellow, black, even green or bluish-purple hues that the leaves produce.

While there is an entire genus called croton, today we’re focusing on Codiaeum variegatum. The garden croton or variegated croton is a stunning houseplant which is widely popular, and which has tons of varieties available. Let’s go over everything there is to know about this particular croton species and get you started!

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Croton Plant Profile

The croton (Codiaeum variegatum) appears to have it all: colorful foliage, nearly limitless leaf forms, and even a cultish following. But these plants have a drawback: They're difficult to please indoors. In their native habitats, crotons like humid, warm conditions with dappled light and plentiful water. The primary challenge when growing them indoors is maintaining the ideal temperature—when it is too cold, they start losing leaves. However, crotons are well worth the effort because well-grown croton is an explosion of color.

Crotons are evergreen shrubs that are hardy only to USDA plant hardiness zones 11 and 12, where they are often grown outdoors as ornamental shrubs. Outdoor plants can reach 10 feet in height, but pot-grown specimens tend to be much smaller, making them suitable for permanent houseplants or indoor/outdoor container plants. Many crotons can be brought outdoors when temperatures stay above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, provided they are properly acclimated to the light and temperature conditions.

Preferred Outdoor Environment

Crotons perform best in climates where frosts and freezes don’t exist and, for short periods, can withstand temperatures between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit without suffering damage. However, best growth occurs when temperatures are between 65 and 95 F. If you live in zone 9, where unexpected frosts and freezes sometimes happen, you can still grow crotons in your garden, but the plants require protection during a cold snap. Water the plants well before the cold hits to help insulate the roots and cover the plant with a blanket or a sheet, or hang holiday lights on the croton to help preserve warmth. If you live in a colder climate, grow your crotons in containers and bring them indoors to a bright location during winter.

Botanical Classification: Codiaeum variegatum


Crotons have some of the boldest and brightest foliage around. Often vividly marked with bright yellow, orange, and red, these exotic plants have a reputation for being high-maintenance due to their tropical nature, but once they acclimate to their new home, they’re quite low-care.

Crotons are native to the humid tropics, so they will appreciate frequent misting or a boost in humidity from a pebble tray or humidifier, as well as plenty of bright sunlight to encourage growth of brightly colored leaves.

Fun fact

The more bright sunlight a Croton receives, the more colorful their foliage. If they are in a spot with less sunlight, new leaves will emerge with more green.

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