How to grow Croton in a container
Croton is the genus of flowering plant from the spurge family Euphorbiaceae . Plants of this genus were described for European Georg Eberhard Rumphius. It is a perennial plants that are 3 to 3.5 feet long. Most of these plants house plants which are grown at home or in a greenhouse. Croton comes in different sizes and colors of the leaves, its leaves are thick and glossy and come in several sizes as small, long, thin, thick and twist. It also comes in many colors as Red, yellow, green, purple, orange and mixed of Croton.
Terrace Garden, Patio, and container have a today in special place. This increase in popularity is due to appear in all gardens. It is popular in tropical and sub-tropical climate as an ornamental plant. Croton is easy to maintain. The plant can be grown indoors and outdoors, but prepare an excellent houseplant.
Croton most Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and Australia are the people cultivated.
Scientific name Croton
Plant type Houseplant
Sun Full/ partial
Soil Rich soil
Height 3- 3.5 feet
Color Red, yellow, green, purple, orange and mixed
USDA Zone 9-11
- Croton plant to survive in most climates. These plants are growing well in direct sunlight, both indoor and outdoor.
- Too much sunlight can bleach the leaves of color. Many species of Croton light shade, partial shade, full sun to light many species will thrive.
- Take stem cuttings, The cutting should have three sets of leaves from the top. Place the stem into a container filled with Potting Soil. Then covered by a polyethene container so as to make the atmosphere becomes a greenhouse.
- Air layering is the propagation of the second technique, the roots of which stem is still attached to the plant. Thick stem cut around with a sharp knife the diameter part 1.5 Inches. Remove the top cover of the stem. After that these part layering by rooting powder and tie it up and down by polyethylene with a Potting Soil. A few days later, it will remove the roots. Then the plant cut below the root ball and transplant it.
- A day before the Propagation Croton Water, it reduces stress for plants. It helps maintain moisture. If you cover the container with plastic so it remains moist for several weeks. Check it two or three times a week, and mist if it begins to feel dry.
- Croton Stems propagate by cutting is quite easy. The plant cutting propagation of directly into the soil or putting it in water the roots can be developed. It also can be grown from seeds.
- The plant is very strongly influenced by the changing environment, low humidity, dry, low temperature of 50 degrees, or rapidly changing temperatures caused the leaves to start falling.
- It is easily grown in the garden in USDA Zones 11 and 12, or it can be grown in containers in full sun, though partial shade is tolerated.
- The narrow leaves are easy to grow and care for Croton.
- It requires the Rich Soil. Always use Potting Mix with compost. The plant requires a soil well drainage so that the water goes out. Good drainage system into the container must be.
Croton seeds indoor
Start seeds indoors at any time, when the temperature is 70 to 80 degrees, it germinated well. It takes 30 days to germination.
- Plants like bright sunlight, but benefits from partial shade in the summer afternoon. Too much sun is bleach the color of its leaves. Croton Light feeder once a month and as such they require fertilizer.
- Engaged in a container for houseplants use liquid fertilizer.
- Indoor room temperature 70 degrees F during the day and night temperatures of 10 to 15 degrees F cooler. Croton Protect cold draft.
Pests and disease
This plant is free of pests, but some garden pests are affected. Mealybugs effects sometimes get to see. Its leaves are curved and speckled by meets attack. Thrips attack have also developed new plants. these houseplants to get rid of these pests through pesticides.