An easy-to-care-for plant, croton, whose scientific name is codiaeum variegatum, is an evergreen shrub. It is predominantly found in Southeast Asia.
Croton plant: The different types
The different types of croton plant include banana croton plant, rushfoil croton plant, gold dust croton plant, Mrs Iceton croton plant, oakleaf croton plant, petra croton plant, zanizar croton plant, among others.
Are croton plants good for indoors?
With leathery and thick leaves that grow in different colours, sizes and shapes, croton plants are a welcome indoor décor plant in most Indian houses. While green croton plants are common, you also have croton plants in colours including splotches of yellow, orange and scarlet. The older the plant becomes, the darker its leaves become. The splash of colour that they bring along with them adds life to the home décor and based on the colour of the croton plant, they may blend with your walls too.
As the croton plant seed looks like a tick, it got its name ‘croton’ which means a ‘tick’ in Greek. Outdoors, a croton plant grows to around six to eight ft and if the croton plant is kept in a pot, it will grow a little shorter.
The average age of a croton plant is two to four years.
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What are the benefits of a croton plant?
- While croton plants have safety concerns, industries use them to make medicines.
- These plants help purify the air quality in the house.
- Colourful croton pants also have a great impact on one’s mental health and spread positivity in the house.
How to plant croton plants at home?
- For planting a croton plant, take a pot and ensure that there are small holes at the bottom of the pot for the water to drain.
- Place the croton plant in such a way that there is some distance between the roots and the base of the pot.
- Next, fill the pot with mud and manure. Water it diligently. Ensure you keep the croton plant where you get a lot of light, else the colours on the leaf won’t develop properly.
- You can also propagate a croton plant by its cutting. Place the cutting of the stem with a leaf in a pot, such that it is not too deep inside the pot. Also, keep the soil moist and not watery. Alternatively, you can propagate croton plant in water too instead of soil.
- Pruning the croton plant is not necessarily needed but you can remove the dried leaves once they fall, for better growth of the croton plant.
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Do croton plants need a lot of sunlight?
As the beauty of the croton plant is the colour on the leaves, they cannot grow as desired if there is not enough sunlight. However, the sunlight should not be harsh.
How often do you water a croton plant?
- The croton plant is a humidity-loving plant and so it has to be watered frequently.
- However, do not make the soil soggy. This will lead to the roots decaying.
- Water the croton plant whenever the top soil becomes dry.
Croton plant placement according to Feng Shui
- According to Feng Shui, the croton plant, if cared for properly and kept in the east or the south-east part of the house, will channelise good energy in the house.
- The croton plant symbolises change owing to the colourful leaves that develop in the plant while growing.
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When to water a croton plant?
You can water your croton plant when you notice that the top soil in the pot is dry.
What is the most suitable direction as per Feng Shui for the croton plant?
The most suitable direction as per Vastu for croton plant is the east or the south-east.