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Croton (Codieaum)

Croton (Codieaum)

The Wonder Bush, or Croton Codiaeum, is native to Indonesia and India. You can recognize the plants by the colourful leaves. From yellow, red to orange and purple. The Croton can't be crazy enough. Although the plant prefers you to stick to certain light requirements. Too much or too little light can cause ugly leaves and an unhappy houseplant.

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Croton (Codieaum)

The Wonder Bush, or Croton Codiaeum, is native to Indonesia and India. You can recognize the plants by the colourful leaves. From yellow, red to orange and purple. The Croton can’t be crazy enough. Although the plant prefers you to stick to certain light requirements. Too much or too little light can cause ugly leaves and an unhappy houseplant.

Croton (Codieaum)

The Wonder Bush, or Croton Codiaeum, is native to Indonesia and India. You can recognize the plants by the colourful leaves. From yellow, red to orange and purple. The Croton can’t be crazy enough. Although the plant prefers you to stick to certain light requirements. Too much or too little light can cause ugly leaves and an unhappy houseplant.

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

No air-purifying plant

Extra nutrition every 6 weeks

Toxic

Repot every 3 years

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

No air-purifying plant

Extra nutrition every 6 weeks

Toxic

Repot every 3 years

How do you take care of a Croton?

The best location

The Croton prefers to receive a lot of light. Although direct sunlight in the summer months can be fatal. It is best to place the Croton on a pitch with indirect sunlight. If you would like to place the houseplant in front of a south-facing window, it is wise to keep a distance of 2 to 3 metres. If the Croton gets 5 hours of light a day, that’s enough. You achieve this amount by placing the plant directly in front of a window on the east, west or north. Although a window on the north can be a bit too dark. If the Croton is too dark, no fresh leaves will be produced, and it will drop leaves. Then place the plant in a lighter position. If the Croton gets more colour, the plant may be a bit too light. When the leaves are very dark, the plant is probably too dark.

Watering the Croton

The Croton prefers to stand constantly in slightly moist soil. Avoid, however, that the roots literally drown in the water. A slightly moist soil is sufficient. It is best to water once a week in winter. In the summer we recommend watering more often in small quantities. Twice a week, for example.

Plant nutrition

Plant nutrition is necessary for the Croton. After about six weeks, the plant has consumed all its nutrients. You can feed plants from spring until the end of summer. We recommend adding a dash of Universal plant food to the watering once a month. For the right amount, it is best to consult the packaging.

Repotting

Repotting the Croton is certainly not necessary every year. On the contrary. Once in two is fine. For older plants, once every three years is even sufficient. In any case, we recommend repotting the plant immediately at the time of purchase. The best time to repot is spring. When repotting, always use fresh soil and a flowerpot that is at least 20% larger than the previous one.

Air purifying function

The Croton may have beautiful leaves, but they are not extremely air-purifying. Although the Croton does of course ensure that carbon dioxide is converted into oxygen. Really fast the plant doesn’t. Well, the Croton is typically a case that likes to be beautiful.

Is the Croton poisonous?

The Croton has juice that can cause irritation. The juice can also stain clothing. Not a suitable plant if you have children and/or pets. It’s important to know that the juice is poisonous but certainly not lethal.

Diseases and peculiarities

Once you have given the Croton a pitch with lots of draughts, the plant can suffer from mealybugs. And if you have the plant in a place that is too dry, the plant can suffer from spider mites. You can get rid of both mealy bugs and spider mites with a hard jet of water. Is the vermin stubborn? Then use pesticide. Certainly in the long term, pesticide is the best option.

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