One of the boldest houseplants around, you can’t miss crotons because of their colorful foliage. Often boldly marked with bright yellow, orange, red, and even black, crotons are perfect for adding a tropical touch to indoor decor. They’re particularly eye-catching in bright dining rooms and living rooms where their foliage helps energize a room.
Boost croton’s appeal even more by growing yours in a colorful pot that accents the brilliantly colored foliage.
Croton likes bright sunlight but benefits from partial or filtered shade during hot summer afternoons. Too much sunlight bleaches the colors in the leaves.Water croton until water trickles through the drainage hole when the top of the soil feels dry, and then allow the pot to drain freely.Croton is a light feeder that benefits from a monthly fertilization schedule. Use an organic fertilizer.Re-pot indoor crotons every two years to encourage healthy growth.
Plant your croton plant in well-draining soil to prevent insect and mold issues. If you’re planting it in a pot, use a pot with drainage holes, and fill the pot with a mixture of equal parts sphagnum moss and perlite. Outdoors, consider mixing 2 to 3 inches of moss, perlite or aged compost into the soil to aid with drainage.