What Is a Croton Plant?


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A croton plant, scientifically known as Codiaeum variegatum, is an evergreen tropical plant that can be grown both outdoors and indoors. They are identified by their large leaves that are leathery in texture. They come in a variety of red, yellow and purple colors.

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Croton plants should be placed where they can receive at least six hours of sunlight a day. This allows them to reach their maximum size of 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Soil should be well-drained and dry between watering. Liquid or gradual release fertilizer works best, but too much fertilizer can result in dull colored leaves. While crotons grow throughout the whole year, they function best in temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

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