Emitting a splash of different color is what makes Croton plant stand out from the rest and makes people add this gorgeous plant to their collection.
But how do you care for this tropical plant & keep it intact is what you are going to learn today.
Croton Plant Care in India?
To take care of croton plant in India, its location should not be changed frequently, plant it in a nutrition rich potting mix with good moisture retention capacity. Exposure to full sun ( 5-6 hours) & protecting from the harsh afternoon sunlight and water it to keep the soil moist.
In this article you are going to learn the ins and outs of caring for Croton plant in India.
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Croton Plant Care in India – Brief Overview
|Sunlight||Full to Partial|
|Water||Moderately ( Keep soil moist)|
|Potting Mix||Nutrition rich & fast draining|
Avoid Frequent Change In Location
One of the biggest croton plant care tips is to not move it often.
Croton plants don’t handle frequent changes in location very well & will start dropping leaves to let you know they are not enjoying it.
If you are one of those plant freaks who loves to keep moving their plant from one location to another, you will have a hard time keeping your croton plant healthy.
It also experiences shock while repotting and transplanting it into a new container, and might drop a few leaves, but this is pretty normal and if given proper care it will adapt to its situation very soon.
Potting Mix – How to Plant Croton Plant in India
To plant croton plant in India, a potting mix high in nutrition with good moisture retention capacity is what croton craves for. On top of that the potting mix should be able to drain out excess water and not stay in the pot.
Be very sure to make drainage holes in the container to let surplus water pass through it.
For this you should make a potting mix of:
Coco Peat – 40% (you can get it from here)
Compost or Vermicompost – 35% (a good quality like this one)
Sand – 25% (get river sand from here)
Croton plants love to stay under direct sunlight to partial sunlight for a good amount of time.
If you can provide it with at least 4-5 hours of direct sunlight, it will display ranges of different vibrant colors.
Croton plants kept under shade start to lose their color for which they are known for, so it is best to provide them at least a few hours of direct sunlight.
During the peak summer season when the sunlight is at its pinnacle, this is the time when you should consider keeping it under some sort of shade like a green net (like this one) as this much heat can burn the leaves.
If you encounter that your plant’s leaves are suddenly turning brown it can very well be due to exposure to harsh sunlight.
So avoid exposing it to afternoon sunlight.
How to Water – Croton Plant Care in India
Croton is a tropical plant and thus loves to stay in humid environments.
For this you should always try to keep its soil moist.
But this doesn’t mean you should not allow the soil to dry out between watering, this is equally important for its proper care.
Because, when you allow the soil to dry out between watering, the roots get the time to get in contact with air and stay healthy.
If the soil is kept constantly moist, the roots cannot breathe and start to suffocate, this later promotes root rot which can be fatal for your croton plant.
On the other hand,
If your plants leaves are wilting then it can be caused due to less watering, check the soil if it’s too dry then increase the frequency of watering.
When the soil is left to dry out completely the plants start to shed leaves.
In this situation you will need to soak the plant in water for a good period of time to revive it back.
So how to water croton plants the right way?
To water croton plants wait for the top 20%-30% of the soil to get dry and then flood it with water until it comes out of the drainage holes.
In the winter season, the plant will absorb less water so you will need to decrease the frequency.
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Providing Humid Environment
As croton is a tropical plant, it needs a good amount of humidity to stay in great shape.
To provide it with humidity, you can frequently mist the plant with the help of a garden sprayer (a good like this) in the morning or evening time.
Misting also helps in removing dust particles from the leaves and allows them to soak in water particles.
How to Fertilize
Croton plants don’t demand a high amount of fertilizer and will do quite well even without it.
But if you want to make it bushier, you can feed it with organic nutrition rich fertilizer (like this one) during its active growth period ( spring and summer season) to give it a growth boost.
Never fertilize it during the winter season, as it won’t be able to absorb the nutrition and might get burnt from it.
Because during winters, it goes into dormancy (inactive period).
Protect From Pest
Croton plants often get attacked with mealybugs, scales and mites.
So, it is best to keep checking under the leaves for any such pest or if you see any web like structure it can very well be done by pests.
To get rid of them, you can spray the leaves with diluted neem oil every 20-25 days until they are fully gone.
This is not a care tip for croton plants, but for you.
Every part of croton is poisonous including its seeds, so be very careful when you are around it.
And it is best to keep it out of range from childrens and pets.
When you work on it, like adding fertilizer, pruning or repotting it, make sure to wash your hands properly afterwards.
I hope this simple to follow guide on croton plant care in India, will help you take proper care of your plant.
If you still have any doubts or by chance I missed on any point do make sure to comment below.