Houseplant of the Month: Croton

Croton 2*Perfect* houseplants.  That’s quite a claim.  So George Seddon’s book was exactly where I turned to research June’s Houseplant of the Month from Joy of Plants.  This is from their ‘commitment free’ selection, but one I have consistently failed to ever keep alive.  My number 1 problem: leaf drop.

With the almost essential reference to “gaudy”, we are told warmth (16-21 degrees) and good light are two requirements for sturdy growth.  Sudden temperature changes make leaves drop, so can draughts.  It’s native to It is native to Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia, so not really a surprise.

Their flashy colours make Crotons seem like a very modern plant, but they were in fact a staple of Victorian conservatories. The warmth and humidity no doubt doing wonders for helping the leaves stay on…

Next time (should there be one) I’m going to remember the tip that if all else has failed and you’re left with leggy growth, it’s possible to chop the stems 15cm of the soil and watch new growth soon appear…

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