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#48593 May 20th, 2007 at 05:51 PM
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I just received this plant and I could use some help. Could someone tell me of it's watering and light requirements? And anything else that may help me keep it healthy?


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tkhooper #49920 May 22nd, 2007 at 05:27 PM
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Hi Margaret.

I wish I could be more help. I don't have a croton, but I've read that they need really bright light. Your brightest window possible in the house. They can be slowly introduced to outside sunlight, but direct sun outside can fade the color. If they don't get good enough light, they might lose the red coloring.

Crotons should be watered as soon as the soil is dry down the length of a fingertip. They're somewhat spider mite prone. I don't know anything about fertilizer requirements or how fast they grow.

I hope that helps a bit. Maybe someone who's grown them will come along.

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That helps a lot. I've got to go move them. I'm glad they will take a lot of light.


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tkhooper #51245 May 24th, 2007 at 07:55 PM
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I keep my croton in a west-facing window where it gets sunlight almost all day long. It seems to like this. I just have to make sure the soil doesn't stay dry for too long and I spray the leaves weekly.


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Thankyou so much for the information. I really like the plant and want it to do well.


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tkhooper #52069 May 26th, 2007 at 01:20 PM
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Do crotens like to be root bound?

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I am not sure if they like to be root bound or not...I am not the most knowledgeable (hense my username);)


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