|Our Miami house 1971|
|Croton Dhyana hybrid from Siam Croton|
Hmmmm where to start...well let's start with the basics. Crotons love hot & humid weather but also like to be well watered in good draining soil (no mucky ground as they will get root rot very easily). Though I do have to say I have heard this plant be called drought tolerant. To quote my Dad, "let me say this about that"...once crotons are established they can be resistant to periods of dry spells. If the soil is extremely dry and hot like in areas of sugar sand (where I live) the plant will stress out, drop their leaves as a survival measure & if the plant has multiple trunks a few may die back to save the whole plant (like mine did). Crotons are much better at being drought tolerant in partial sun rather than in full sun (plants in full sun have to be extraordinarily tough here in South Florida to survive this kind of ecosystem). Now conversely, crotons are cold tolerant for short spells but cannot survive long hard freezes. They either need to be brought inside or put in a greenhouse during the colder months. Though don't worry too much about crotons because they are extremely resilient & hardy plants that survive most types of dramatic weather conditions.
|Croton Dignity hybrid from Siam Croton|
|Croton Harmonious hybrid from Siam Croton|
|Croton Nirvana from Siam Croton|
|Croton CRT007 hybrid from Siam Croton|
This plant is not picky about soil requirements and can adapt quickly to a variety of soil types & ph's. Though ideally you always want to have good organic rich soil to plant your plants in. Also, it's a good idea to fertilize crotons at least twice a year (for crotons early & late Spring) along with the rest of your plants to help your crotons live up to their potential, lol. Having a healthy plant will help keep them pest free.
|Crotons in a Davie, FL. landscape|
|Cordylines, Crotons & variegated Pittosporum |
in a South Florida landscape
|Croton Pie Crust|
|Croton Pie Crust|
|Croton CRT #43|
|Croton Pictum Spot dwarf version|
with necklace pod on left, biscayne prickly
ash on right & acalypha (copperleaf) in back
|Croton Red Spot is super gorgeous as a|
stand alone accent in the landscape. Long
linear leaves with spots all over them. To
the right is my Bay Rum tree.
|Croton Red Spot close up|
The newer leaves are the green & yellow ones,
which will then turn into the red, pink & a little
dark blood red or black. Looks like fireworks in
the sky on 4th of July Spectacular! ;)
Just ignore the weeds, lol, I have our
front yard under another renovation.
|Croton Mammey close up|
Linear elongated leaves with slight twists
towards the ends. Lots of dark reds, greens,
& black with bright yellows & greens
popping out to brighten the plant.
|Croton Curly Boy|
This little one is just now showing its true
colors, coming back from a stressful
transplant during a month that ended up being
a summer of drought. Look at it go! :)
|Croton Thomas Edison|
|Croton Golded Glow|
So there you have it ladies & gentlemen, crotons 101 a la Sheri B stylie! Hope I am able to spread some color, texture & fun into your heart and of course your landscape. Get out there & get dirty! :)