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Propagation and Care

Crotons prefer high humidity, full sun and moist, humus-rich, but well-drained soil with a generous supply of organic material such as compost. Bright sunlight is essential for rich color development in the leaves.

Crotons root easily and hedges are commonly propagated by stem cuttings. Cut large woody branches up to 1 inch in diameter and trim off all but the top five leaves. Then select a permanent location for the cuttings and shove the stems 4 inches into the loose, fertilized soil. Keep the soil damp but not soggy for the first three weeks. For smaller plants, take stem cuttings 6 to 12 inches long from green wood. Leave the cuttings overnight with their stems in water and dip them into a root hormone before placing them into a pot of Perlite, Vermiculite or simply sand. If you keep the planting medium continually damp, roots should appear in about a month. 

It can also be propagated by air-layering or tip cuttings of softwood. Dip the cut end in powdered charcoal to stop the bleeding, and keep cuttings above 70 degrees F. They should develop roots in a month or two.

Crotons need a moderate amount of watering. To maintain good growth, feed crotons regularly throughout with a water-soluble fertilizer.

The plants are large, but seldom grow to more than 15 feet and can be controlled by tip pruning to limit their height and promote bushy growth. When fast-growing varieties of croton become 4 to 5 feet high, they begin to lose their lower leaves, particularly if they aren't getting enough water. Although pest problems are rare, crotons can be a target for some pests, mainly mealy bugs and small scales. The best way to get rid of the pests is to apply suitable pesticide available.

 

Questions of
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 1.  Posted on : 10.4.2010  By  :  John Quinn , Sunrise, Fla. View Answer (1) Post Answer
 

I want to plant some Croton in the front yard as a border. How many inches do you have to spread them apart? Is there a special soil for these plants? My front yard measures about 10 feet by 4 feet. I live in a Condo.

 
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You can plant the crotons at the distance of 1 feet to 1.5 feet, Closer planting will give a faster bushy appearance.

  Posted By :Rynco orchids , Trivandrum | On 19.4.2010
 2.  Posted on : 10.4.2010  By  :  Kerry , South Australia View Answer (2) Post Answer
 

My indoor Croton Mammy is dropping all of its leaves. Why is this happening? Am I doing something wrong?

 
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FIRST OF ALL FIND ANY BUGS ON IT OR NOT ,IF ANY CURE IT USING PESTISIDE. * I THINK U HAVE TO REPOTTING PLANT, ALSO PROVIDE SOME ORGANIC SOLUBLE FERTILIZERS.MAKE SAND MIXTURE IN WHICH CAN PLANT ROOT SYSTEM CAN BREATH WELL BY USING 'COCOPIT'. * PUT YR PLANT IN MEDIUM LIGHT. MORE WATERING ALSO CAUSE DECAYING OF ROOTS IT AFFECTS DROPPING LEAVES (IN THIS CONDITION FUNGISIDE SHOULD BE APPLICABLE). THESE ANS.IS NOT SUITABLE TELL ME PROBLEM IN DETAIL.

  Posted By :MAC , ahmedabad | On 12.7.2010
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Dear Friend, it could be that your plant is dropping it'sleave because it sits in a drafty area? I know mine did much better after I put it in a room with less air movement esp. cold air and the plant did so much better. Croton do not like cool drafts they will drop all their lower leaves. Hope this hint might help you.

  Posted By :Jessica Lynn , Auburn, CA | On 9.7.2010
 3.  Posted on : 31.3.2010  By  :  James Wert , Orange County, Orange County View Answer (1) Post Answer
 

How far apart should petra croton be planted?

 
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You can plant at the distance of 1 feet to 1.5 feet, Closer planting will give a faster bushy appearance

  Posted By :Rynco orchids , Trivandrum | On 17.4.2010
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