With glossy green leaves splashed with striking shades of reds, oranges, pinks, and yellows, the Croton Petra is a wonderfully uplifting houseplant. So long as you nurture it properly and accommodate all of its needs, it will look after you in return by filtering away airborne toxins.
Here’s what you need to know to care for your Croton Petra.
Your Croton Petra will do best when given lots of bright light - this is what gives those leaves such vibrant colors. However, if your midday sun is particularly scorching, give your plant some protection, as this can also cause leaf fade.
Although the Croton Petra is usually hardy down to about 30°F, try to keep your plant at the ideal temperature range of between 60-70°F. Avoid placing your plant in locations that receive cold drafts, or next to a cold windowpane in the winter.
Keep your Croton Petra consistently moist - it won’t like soil that’s too wet or too dry. Leaf drop is a sign that your plant is too dry, while wilting means that you’re watering it too much. Try to only use lukewarm water on your Croton Petra to prevent plant stress.
Since the Croton Petra needs high amounts of humidity, it does well in bathrooms and warm kitchens. Alternatively, mist the leaves once a week to increase humidity.
The Croton Petra will thrive when given plenty of feed. Apply a balanced, general-purpose fertilizer every 2-4 weeks in the spring and summer. You won’t need to fertilize in the winter.
Since the sap of the Croton Petra is toxic, be careful when handling your plant and keep it away from children and pets.
Extra Care Tips:
Your Croton Petra may experience some leaf drop soon after you receive it. This is normal and should stop after a week or so, once your plant has settled into its new environment.
• Regularly wipe the leaves of your Croton Petra with a damp cloth to remove dust too much dust will prevent your plant from being able to properly photosynthesize.
• If your Croton Petra grows too tall, it can be cut back.