Codiaeum variegatum 'Petra' have oval shaped leaves with pointed tips, they tend to leathery and brightly coloured; from green to chartreuse, yellow, burgundy, orange and red. They are part of the Euphorbiaceae family and their inflorescence is star-shaped, male flowers are white and female flowers are yellow. C.variegatum are found in South India, Ceylon and Malaysia.


Pot: 17cm

Height: Approximately 45cm from base of pot.


This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.




How do you care for Croton petra?


Care for a Croton petra by keeping it in temperatures between 18-21°C and away from draughts and cold spots. Codiaeum do best in a brightly lit spot - direct sun could cause bleaching, too little sun would turn the leaves green. Feed every few waterings during growing season, dilute fertiliser to half the recommended dosage. No need to fertilise in winter.


Water when the soil begins to dry out. They are not as thirsty as other plants, but they will drop leaves if kept too dry. Take note—wilting for a Croton means too much water. They prefer moderate to high humidity, this can be achieved by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles.


Does Croton petra purify air?


Croton petra can help purify the air of toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene - which are commonly let behind from household cleaners. 


Do Crotons like full sun?


Crotons should be kept out of full sun, as this burns out their distinctive colour. It’s best to leave them in a spot with plenty of indirect light, so they can develop their colour naturally. Putting them in the shade diminishes their ability to grow colourful, keep them in a bright room, but out of direct sunlight.


How big do Croton petra get?


Croton petra can grow 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide, if given the proper care. This will take a long time time to happen, so you don’t have to worry about the plant growing out of control. Dwarf variants of the plant will only grow to a maximum of 3 feet tall. 


Why is my Croton petra dying?


A common cause of Crotons dying is improper watering. If you notice that your Croton’s leaves are wilting, this could be a sign that you are overwatering. If the leaves of the plant are drying out and falling off, then it’s likely that you are underwatering it. Keep a regular watering schedule and always check the soil has dried out slightly before watering.  


Do Crotons lose their leaves in winter?


Crotons may lose their leaves in winter if you fail to provide them with a consistently warm environment. The leaves of your Croton may turn yellow and eventually fall off if they are exposed to cool conditions. Keep your home heated to a consistent temperature throughout the year to avoid fluctuations that may lead to this happening.


Do Crotons like coffee grounds?


Coffee grounds can be added in small amounts to the soil of your Croton plant, however, using too much could negatively alter the drainage of the soil. Coffee grounds can hold a lot of moisture, which could lead to the potting medium becoming waterlogged and mouldy. Waterlogged soil can lead to the plant developing root rot, if not treated properly.


Are Croton plants easy to care for?


Croton plants are easy to care for. They only require moderate conditions with indirect light and infrequent watering to thrive. 


How often should I water Croton?


Water your Croton as often as the soil dictates. The soil should be allowed to dry out a little between watering. Test the moisture levels with your finger, if the top inch of soil has dried out then it’s safe to water the plant. If the soil is still moist then leave it for a few days and test again.   


Is Croton an indoor or outdoor plant?


The Croton plant can be grown outdoors in tropical climates but should be grown indoors in cooler climates such as the UK. The plant requires consistent warm conditions to thrive in. 


Does Croton grow fast?


The Croton is not a fast-growing plant. During the summer growing season it will rarely grow more than 12 inches. The plant can grow up to 5 feet tall indoors, but this would take several years. 


Is Croton petra poisonous?


Croton petra is toxic for plants and people, but only if it's digested. If the plant is ingested it can cause vomiting. For this reason, it’s best to keep the plant well out of the way of anything that might choose to take a bite. The plant has a terrible taste, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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