The croton plant is often grown outdoors in tropical climates, but also make excellent houseplants. Crotons come in a wide variety of leaf shapes and colors. Leaves can be short, long, twisted, thin, thick and several of these combined. Colors range from green, variegated, yellow, red, orange, cream, pink and black to a combination of all these. It is safe to say that if you look hard enough, you will find a croton that matches your décor.
Croton plants do not like to be moved, and when they are moved, they can quickly go into shock which results in leaf loss. Therefore, it’s best to avoid moving the plant as much as possible. In situations where moving the plant is unavoidable (such as when you buy one), don’t panic at the leaf loss. Simply maintain proper care and the plant will regrow its leaves within a short period of time, after which, it will prove to be a resilient houseplant.
Light: The more colorful the leaves, the more natural light the plant will need. Indirect light near a window is best.
Water: Crotons like humidity and tropical conditions. Keep soil moist and do not allow to dry out. When the top of the soil begins to feel dry, it’s time to water. Water thoroughly and allow pot to drain.
Temperature: Crotons do not like to be kept in temps below 60 degrees. If you are keeping this plant outside on a porch during the warmer months, you must move inside when the temps begin to fall below 60 at night.