The striking foliage of crotons is synonymous with the coming of the Fall season in Houston. Porches can be seen dotted with groups of chrysanthemums, crotons and pumpkins in celebration of the arrival of Fall. Their variegated leaves with warm electric colors of red, yellow, green and orange provide an authentic fall palette and lend color for those of you have lived elsewhere and miss the natural transition of the landscape, as it switches in other parts of the country from green to ambers and reds to stark white.
Since crotons usually appear around September at the nursery we like to think they are somehow ‘cold weather’ plants. But they’re not! They’re in fact a tropical plant that loves our humid climate. They also make exceptional houseplants. And for those of you with minimal gardening space looking to add year round color, these look fantastic in potted arrangements blended with other seasonal textures and colors.
Crotons love balance and at times land a reputation for being fussy. With these tips below, you can maintain your crotons lustrous appearance long after the pumpkins disappear.
-They love filtered sunlight. Don’t put them in a location too dim or too bright. By a sun dappled window indoors is perfect as is a spot in your garden where other tropicals thrive. Keep them out of full sun.
-A croton needs proper watering and humidity. Originally from the tropical climates of Indonesia, they love misting. Another great way to keep them looking their best is sponging its leaves with water to keep them shiny.
-If your crotons are in containers, only water them when the top of the soil is dry to the touch. You don’t want to dry them out nor do you want to create root rot.
-You just brought your plant home and it lost its leaves. No failure on your part there! A croton is a comfort creature and doesn’t like to be moved from place to place. Decide on where you want to put it in your home or garden and keep it there. The leaves will return in no time.
-Keep the plant away from a cold draft as it doesn’t like temperatures below 60 degrees F. Bring your potted crotons inside when there is a threat of a freeze or cover them up if they’re in your garden beds!
Buchanan’s has some gorgeous crotons in stock. Chrysanthemums are in and pumpkins will arrive in the next week! Stop by and let us help you gather your living Fall décor. For more visit www.buchanansplants.com