Croton Plant

Scientific name : “Codiaeum variegatum”

Croton Petra is a gorgeous ornamental foliage plant with stunning leaf color and variegation. The leaves tend to be glossy and oval in shape with pointed tips. Colors range from pink, through reds, oranges, yellows, light and dark greens – so much color on one plant! The leaf veins are a paler green and add an interesting variegated dimension.

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Croton Petra is a gorgeous ornamental foliage plant with stunning leaf color and variegation. The leaves tend to be glossy and oval in shape with pointed tips. Colors range from pink, through reds, oranges, yellows, light and dark greens – so much color on one plant! The leaf veins are a paler green and add an interesting variegated dimension. Petra is a very popular Codiaeum and at her best is guaranteed to brighten up a room and lift the spirits. Codiaeum needs plenty of bright light. Direct sunlight for at least a few hours a day is recommended, however, avoid the scorching midday sun as this will cause leaf fade. They can tolerate some degree of shade, but never for prolonged periods of time. The better the light conditions, the more you will be rewarded with fine foliage.

The croton (Codiaeum variegatum) appears to have it all: colorful foliage, nearly limitless leaf forms, and even a cultish following. In their native habitats, crotons like humid, warm conditions with dappled light and plentiful water. However, crotons are well worth the effort because a well-grown croton is an explosion of color. The croton plant is often grown outdoors in tropical climates, but also makes 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 decor.

Sunlight – Crotons need bright, indirect light.

Watering – Keep them evenly moist in the summer and reduce watering in the winter to biweekly. Mist frequently during the growth period.


Plant Care – Keep the room above 60 degrees Fahrenheit and do not expose the plant to cold drafts. Humidity, along with the lack of bright light, also affects the color of the leaves. Apply slow-release pellets or liquid fertilizer during the growing season.

Caution – All parts of the croton are toxic to humans and pets. The sap is a skin irritant, so it’s best to wear gloves when removing leaves or taking cuttings—anything that might release sap.

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