Croton Petra - PiccoloCodiaeum variegatum
[ Pot Size: 4'' | Height: 10" - 14" ]
The Croton Petra has large, thick, leathery leaves in a wide range of brilliant colors. As a member of the Euphorbia family, this plant loves bright sunlight and can grow over 6 feet tall in its natural habitat. Grown as a houseplant, however, the Croton Petra will usually max out at 3 to 4 feet. Croton Petra is especially beloved by the people of Jamaica, as it can be found growing outdoors along many garden paths. Plant delivery in NYC through Plantshed.com, 7 days a week.
- Geographic Origin: Southeast Asia & the West Indies
- Features: Colorful foliage
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Great For: Bright light; Tight spaces
Plant Care Guide
Requires bright, indirect sunlight to maintain bright colors. A few hours of direct light is okay—but too much will sunburn the leaves.
Allow soil to mostly dry out. Water less often in winter.
S (pot 4"-5") : Once a week
M (pot 6"- 8"): Once every 10-14 days
L (pot 10"-14"): Once every 15-20 days
XL (pot 16" & up): Once every month
Level of Care
Easy! Just make sure it has enough sunlight and warm temperatures.
Crotons remove toxins that can build up in indoor spaces. A general rule of thumb is 1 medium houseplant per 100 square feet of space effectively cleans the air we breathe.
Feed with slow-release pellets or a liquid, indoor plant fertilizer about 1-2 times a month during the growing season. Do not fertilize in winter.
Requires warm conditions above 60°F. Keep away from drafty windows and air conditioners.
Use a well-draining, All-Purpose potting soil.
Pruning & Propagation
Prune branches and leaves just above a node or leaf set, but do not remove more than a third of the stem at a time. To propagate, take a 4-inch stem cutting with at least 3 leaves, and dip stem in rooting hormone before planting in soil.
Sorry! Will cause indigestion if any part of the plant is consumed and the sap can cause skin irritation.