What Are Croton Tropical Plants?


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Crotons are evergreen plants. They have green leaves that turn vibrant shades of yellow, red and purple in sunlight. Crotons grow around 6 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide.

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What Are Croton Tropical Plants?
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To grow, crotons require exposure to direct sunlight for 6 to 8 hours a day. They prefer temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but they can withstand temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If planted in an area with hotter temperatures, they should be placed in shade.

Crotons like moist, well-drained soil. In dry weather, they need to be watered frequently, and the leaves have to be occasionally misted to keep them healthy. Fertilizing crotons with a liquid or granular fertilizer keeps the leaves bright and shiny, but putting too much fertilizer damages the roots of the plant.

Common pests that infest crotons are mealybugs, mites and thrips. Mealybugs appear as white, cottony masses on the plant. Mites attack the leaves, making them curled or speckled. Thrips cause scarred or calloused spots on new plants. These insects are killed using pesticides.

Although native to India and Malaysia, they are grown as houseplants, ideally in southern and central Florida and other subtropical areas in the United States.

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