Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.


Houseplant Care Tips

Friday, January 07, 2011

Croton Plant FAQ

Problem:
My Croton plant has grown long and spindly with many of its leaves falling off. Can I save my plant?

Answer:
Typically those signs would signal that your Croton is not receiving enough light. I personally have never tried it, however you can try cutting the plant off under the leaf line and new shoots may begin to grow. Keep your plant near bright light to prevent the spindling from occurring again.


Problem:
The leaves are all falling off my Croton.

Answer:
Make sure your houseplant is receiving enough water. Croton’s require heavy water levels. Water your houseplant weekly if not more, keeping the soil moist but not soggy. Be sure your pot allows for proper drainage. Use distilled or untreated water. Croton’s can be touchy to chemicals in the water.


Problem:
I left my Croton outside too long. The plant was exposed to the cold and now looks like it’s dying. Is there hope?

Answer:
Croton’s are typically very hardy. They are also temperamental. Continue to provide it with its basic watering and lighting needs and it may spring back. The plant may just be in shock and needs to recover. Time.


Problem:
My Croton’s foliage no longer contains its bright, vibrant colors.

Answer:
Lack of color or dullness in the leaves usually signals a lack of light. Move your Croton closer to a bright window and the vibrant colors should return.


Problem:
The leaves on my Croton are drying up and turning brown on the ends.

Answer:
Foliage browning can signal you may be over watering the plant. The browning ends may also signal the plant needs higher humidity levels. Croton’s require heavier water levels, however keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Utilize a pot with holes in the bottom allowing excess water to drain out, helping to prevent root rot from over-soaked soil near the roots. You can also try using a humidifier if you are in a dry air climate.


Problem:
My Croton has mealybugs. How can I get rid of them?

Answer:
Before trying an pesticide, try using a soapy dishwater mixture. Simply mix dishsoap with water in a spray bottle. Spray the plant down twice a day. If after a couple days you don’t see improvement, then visit your local garden store for a pesticide as the infestation may be too strong for the homemade solution.


Problem:
My Croton just grew 2 stems with very small balls on them from the middle of the plant. What are they?

Answer:
Congratulations! Your Croton is flowering! Go to Google Images and search “Croton flower” to confirm.


Added Croton Care Tip

When traveling, utilize a water bottle for watering while gone. Poke a few small holes in an empty water bottle. Fill the water bottle with water (leaving a little space for expansion). Turn the bottle upside down and freeze. Then before you leave, put the bottle right side up in your plant allowing your plant to receive water while away.
Thanks missterious518!


Read the complete Croton Plant Care post for additional information on how to care for this houseplant.

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