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May 1, 2017
I received a croton houseplant while I last summer. It had beautiful red and orange
foliage then, but now it has all green leaves. Do they change colors with the seasons,
or is there something I have done wrong? I figured it wasn’t going to be winter hardy
so I moved it inside in October. It is growing ok, but I would like colorful leaves
The more sunlight a croton receives, the more color the leaves have. Inside conditions
have lower light, and the leaves usually revert to green. To get color back in your
plant, move it back outside for the summer and give it bright sunlight. Gradually
expose the plant to sunlight when you move it outdoors, and in no time you should
have a colorful plant once again. And you were correct, it is not winter hardy, so
it does need to come inside every fall.
I bought a small croton plant app ten years ago, have repotted it once or twice and
it has grown to about 4 1/2 to 5 feet tall and about 3 feet across. I have taken care
of it the same the whole time I have had it, taking it outside in summer and bringing
it in during the winter. The last two winters it has lost A LOT of leaves when we
brought it in. It always loses a lot of color when inside due to not much sun. I really
would like to keep this plant as long as possible but know it will probably reach
the end of its lifespan eventually. Can you give me any tips on keeping it healthy
when it is brought in for the winter. During the summer when it's outside, it is absolutely
gorgeous and a lot of people I know are amazed at how full and colorful it is in summer.
I must admit I am not the best at taking great care of my plants but since I have
been this way a long time I wonder why the leaf loss has only occurred last winter
and this winter.
As you noticed, the more light a croton gets, the more colorful it is. They often
revert to a green color indoors. How soon do you bring your plant inside? If you allow
the plant to remain outdoors until the time of a killing frost, the shock of transplant
is greater, than if you move the plant in early to mid October. Make sure you put
the plant in the sunniest, coolest room in your house and only water once every two
to three weeks. Crotons have thick waxy leaves and can easily suffer from overwatering.
Don't expect great growth indoors, but it should survive. If it has gotten leggy during
the stay indoors, cut it back by one third, repot it and it should kick back into
high gear once back outside in the sunshine and warmth of our summers.
have a very old (20 years) croton plant that has deep sentimental meaning to me. This
summer I put it outside and it was very happy and turned beautiful colors. However,
since I brought it inside, it has been dropping leaves. At first, I thought it was
just adjusting to the climate change, but today I noticed fine web-like stuff in the
crotches of the branches. as leaves continue to drop. I sprayed it with Neem oil and
washed off the webs with Murphy's oil soap. I also moved it into my greenhouse so
it can get more light and humidity. What else should I do to save it? Is there danger
of whatever is on it infecting my other plants in my greenhouse?
There is definitely a chance that the insects will move from one plant to another,
particularly in a closed environment of a greenhouse. It sounds like spider mites
to me. The Neem oil and the Murphy's Oil soap should definitely help, but keep it
isolated from your other plants and monitor it. Keep the soil on the dry side, but
try spraying the foliage with water periodically, as spider mites thrive when dry.
Don't expect miraculous new growth until the day length increases, but I would suspect
it will rebound. The more light they get, the more colorful their foliage. Good luck!
I am looking for a flower I heard is called a crayola plant (it looks like all of
the crayons in the plant). Do you know where can I find it? I think another name for
it is croton.
Croton plants are quite colorful if they are planted in full sun, with a variety of
reds, oranges and yellows. They are not winter hardy outdoors in Arkansas, but make
a nice houseplant indoors for the winter in a bright, sunny location. The more shade
they get, the greener the plant becomes. There are several varieties and most are
readily available at local nurseries and garden centers. They can add a lot of color
to the summer and fall landscape, and could be treated as annuals if you chose.
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