How To Make Your Plants Happy: Croton Petra Care Guide

Drawing of Croton Petra
Croton Petra: Codiaeum Variegatum Petra

LIGHT

Needs a lot of sunlight, 4-6 hours of sunlight a day is ideal to achieve colorful leaves. Bright, indirect light is best. Too much shade will produce leaves that are only green. Too much sun and you might scorch the leaves.

WATER

Water every 7-10 days, only when the soil is dry. Water the plant thoroughly until water drains out the bottom. Cut back on water in the winter and more in the spring and summer.

TEMPERATURE

Loves a hot, humid climate with an ideal temperature of 60-70°. Keep away from hot or cold drafts in the home. Too cold of conditions may cause leaves to drop.

AIR

Needs humidity! To boost humidity you can: must leaves in the morning, put next to other plants, or leave some water in the drip tray.

GROWTH

Use a well-drained and rich soil. A slow-release fertilizer may be used in spring or summer only (not in fall or winter) to promote growth. Do not fertilize more than once a month. Can grow up to 4-6' tall at maturity.

TOXICITY

Moderately toxic to humans and pets. Keep the plants out of reach of children and animals because milky sap of the stem is poisonous.

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