October's Plant of the Month: The overlooked Croton

October's Plant of the Month: The overlooked Croton

With the arrival of October, we're thrilled to introduce you to a plant that, for some reason, tends to fly under the radar but truly deserves the spotlight - the Croton (Codiaeum variegatum). Known for its vibrant and diverse foliage, the Croton is a botanical masterpiece that will infuse your indoor and outdoor spaces with a burst of fall colours, just in time for autumn.

Getting to Know the Croton:

The Croton comes from the tropical regions of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. What distinguishes this plant from the rest is its strikingly variegated leaves. These leaves are not just green; they are a symphony of colours, from red, orange, yellow, green, and even pink, all intermingling in intricate patterns. It's as if an artist has taken a fall palette and painted directly onto the leaves.

Croton plant

How to Care for Your Croton:

  • Light: Provide bright, indirect sunlight to maintain the vivid leaf colours. Direct sunlight can scorch their leaves, so keep them out of direct sun.
  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, but never waterlogged. Good drainage is key to preventing root rot.
  • Fertilizing: During the growing season, (as long as you see new growth) feed your Croton with a balanced  fertilizer every 4-6 weeks to keep it nourished.

Yellow Croton Plant

Crotons have a charming way of being somewhat overlooked, like that quirky character in a movie who steals the scene when given the chance. It's as if they're saying, "We may not be everyone's cup of tea, but we sure know how to steal the spotlight when given the chance!"

Thank you for being a part of our thriving plant community. We hope you'll embrace the rich colours and unique beauty of the Croton as we dive into October. If you have any questions or need care advice, don't hesitate to reach out. Until next time, keep nurturing your green companions and savouring the beauty of the plant world.

The Planted Souls Team 🍁

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