Croton

I love this plant.  The colors of the leaves are so unusual- yellows, reds, and purples.  I bought a very small plant and have been pleasantly surprised by how fast it has grown.

Place this plant in direct sun.  They will soak it up, I don’t know if you can give it too much sun, just make sure it has enough water- the hot sun can sometimes dry it out fast.

I have read that they like humidity so it is best if you can place them by a window and at least one more plant, but I have my plant on its own and so far its doing great.  I have had it for about 6 months now and have just started to fertilize it once a month.

I used a generic soil mix and I usually let the soil dry out somewhat between waterings.  I tend to do this with most of my house plants- because I fear overwatering.  In my first few months caring for indoor plants I killed at least three, maybe more, because I was a little too attentive with the watering can.

I have my plant in an east window right now, but most of the info I have read seems to suggest they do better in a West or South window where they receive more intense sun (this makes the leaves even more colorful).

While writing this article, I have been considering the possibility of moving mine again.  I always get nervous about that- maybe once I get another sun loving plant like this one and I can put them together.  :)

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