plants make a lovely and welcome appearance to any home,
and one great plant for growing indoors is the Croton.
Crotons are lovely tropical plants that are prized for
their terrific leaf colours and patterns. There are many
varieties to choose from and all with their own special
appeal. Crotons are very popular for growing indoors because
of their marvellously coloured leaves. The colours may
be in blotches, spots, lines or around the outer margin
of the leaf.
To grow Crotons indoors, they need a brightly lit position
near a north or east facing window. They do not grow so
well in darker rooms. If your rooms are not very well
lit, Crotons can be grown outside in semi-shaded areas
and brought inside for periods of three to four weeks
at a time to add lively colour to the indoors. Then they
can be shifted back to their outdoor position and so on.
good growth, repot them into a new pot using Searles®
Premium Potting Mix and use a slightly larger pot than
the original pot.
Crotons only need a moderate amount of watering, so give
them a drink a couple of times a week. In very hot weather,
they may need more watering, however, in winter they may
only need to be watered once a week.
keep them growing well, fertilise them with Searles Flourish®
every 3-4 weeks. For indoor plants, it is best to apply
liquid fertilisers directly to the soil and avoid foliage
For even growth all around the Croton, turn the pot a
quarter turn every week. This will ensure that the plant
does not become lopsided, as it will grow towards the
Crotons can be a target for some pests, mainly mealy bugs
and small scales, although pest problems are rare. If
these occur, use a suitable pesticide available from your
local garden centre.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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