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Plant info Croton

croton black desktopBOTANICAL NAME: Codiaeum Codaieum


DESCRIPTION: Broad, waxy, dark green with yellow to red variegation. Ovate to multi-lobed leaves.

LIGHT/POSITION: Prefers medium to high light to maintain variegation and colour. Photosensitive, needing to be turned regularly to maintain even growth. Suits a warm corner position away from high “traffic” areas as the leaves are easily damaged.

WATERING: Evenly moist, allowing the top 2cm to dry out when possible.  Will generally recover from wilts due to under watering. Resents chills and wetness.

CLEANING: As leaves have a glossy appearance, keeping them free from dust with neem soap is usually sufficient.  Light oil application if necessary but do not position in direct sunlight.

PESTS: Mealybug.

DISEASES: Not generally a problem unless the soil is kept wet and then stem rot can occur.

FERTILISING: Not necessary. Fast growers.

PRUNING: Prune to shape or to bush up.

GENERAL INFORMATION: There are several varieties commonly used for indoor work.

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