Crotons are a strikingly colorful houseplants that are sure to add color to any room they are placed in. While some people might consider Crotons to be fussy plants, in truth, they just have some quirks that once you know about you’ll be successful in growing these beautiful plants.

Their first quirk is that they hate to be moved. This is unavoidable when you take them home. As a result, when they start dropping their leaves right after you get home, don’t panic and don’t drown it with water. Simply take a deep breath, and only water the plant when the soil is on the drier side. Soon the plant will be pushing out new leaves and you get to enjoy that beautiful plant that you bought.

Their second quirk is that they don’t like drafts and especially the cold. So keep away from doors leading outside that can expose this plant to quick, sudden bursts of cold in the winter and also keep away from heat/air conditioning vents.

Lighting requirements for crotons can vary by their variety. Most prefer medium-bright, indirect light, though some can handle lower light conditions. A good rule of thumb is the more colorful they are, the more light they like. If your croton is no longer as colorful as it once was, try moving it to a brighter area. However, keep in mind every time you move it, your plant might throw a fit and drops it’s leaves. Just remember to relax and water it like normal.

These plants come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Below are just a few of them:

Croton Super California (Above)

Croton Mammy

Croton Gold Dust

Croton Zanzibar

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