Codiaeum Variegatum plant Care and Instruction
Plant your croton outdoors in a location with well-drained, humus-rich soil. For indoor growing, use a large container with unobstructed holes in the bottom and a commercial potting soil designed to provide good drainage. Add a layer of gravel to the bottom of the pot to improve drainage even more. Place your croton where it will receive six to eight hours of bright, unfiltered sunlight each day. Provide shade from direct summer sun during the hottest part of the day. Maintain a consistent temperature between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Outdoors, avoid low spots that may become very cool on winter evenings. Move container-grown plants indoors when the temperature becomes too high or too low. Irrigate moderately and infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Water about once per week for outdoor plants. During the winter, water less often, keeping the soil moist but not wet. Spray the leaves of indoor plants with lukewarm water once per day. Fertilize your croton about once per week with a 3-1-2 liquid fertilizer, or less frequently using a slow-release form. If the plant seems to be stunted or suffering from a nutritional deficiency, increase fertilizer quantities slowly since too much can cause the leaf colors to become dull.
Light – Unfiltered sunlight each day.
Place – Outdoors
Water – Allowing the soil to dry out between waterings
Temperature – 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit