Those who believe that indoor gardening is all green are not yet met with numerous tropical plants, including orchids and bromeliads, which are bred for their colors, yet they know the most spectacular tropical colored interior, the Croton.
Crotons are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia and the Pacific Islands. Growing 5 meters or more, these members of the genus Codiaeum well in warm, humid conditions with partial shade. Crotons can outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones grow 10 and 11 so that they. A function of gardens in South Florida Since crotons are sensitive to dry soil and bright sunlight, the colors are brightest when plant in partial shade and moist soil.
Joseph's Coat is a nickname often given Codiaeum varigatum. The leaves can display red, black, white, yellow and green pigments. Outdoor growers note that remain predominantly green leaves in the summer heat, then dyed in cooler winter weather. The leaves may change color as they grow. Leaf shapes are waxy-looking spears, ovals and wavy edges. Plants can heights of 3 meters under good growing conditions to achieve, although regular pruning can keep it much smaller.
Crotons need interior temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees F. Most important, crotons appear to be draft-sensitive. Gusts of air, even if moderate, promote leaf drying and falling off. The humidity is average to above average, plant leaves are also vulnerable to drought. Growers recommend full sunlight, if possible, preferably from the South or West. To keep good potting soil and consistent moisture healthy plants. The soil should be kept moist at all times, as the plants respond poorly to both dry and wet soils.
Problems and Solutions
Suspect in temperature or stress from drought when croton leaves wilt quickly and suddenly fall. Plants can be revived with care plants are also susceptible to internal parasites, especially spider mites. Examine plants carefully and treat promptly with indoor insecticide. Pests can also be removed by an infusion in the sink, but you should support sheets when washing because croton is susceptible to leaf fall, when the plant is stressed. Let the excess water from the pot, so that the ground can quickly return to a damp but not wet. While crotons respond quickly – and theatrical – to unfavorable conditions, they also respond well to good care. A strong fund of vitality means that efforts to crotons to restore health are often successful, no matter how desperate the system appears.
Croton plant parts and juice can be toxic to children and pets. Seek professional help if you find parts of the plants were eaten. For adults the great dangers of the plant's milky sap damage to clothing. Wash hands thoroughly or wear rubber gloves when handling plants, if you have sensitive skin.
Another multicolored foliage plant
Crotons are one of two plants with red, yellow and green leaves, which can be described as a waxy-looking. Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon' is a ground cover with ivy-sized leaves in shades of brown, red, creamy yellow and green, which is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. A visual change from all-green ground cover has Houttuynia aggressive developing qualities, spreading by underground rhizomes. The big challenge, once found, it keeps under control. If you want more color outside and inside or want a hard-to-fill space, explore this colorful foliage plant.