BOTANICAL NAME: Codiaeum Codaieum
COMMON NAME: Croton
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.
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.