Croton - Codiaeum variegatum 'Petra' - British Grown

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Scientific Name
Codiaeum variegatum (Variegated bulb-plant) 'Petra' (rock)

Common Name
Variegated Laurel, Croton, Fire Croton, Garden Croton, Joseph's Coat

Native to Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Western Pacific Ocean Islands

Crotons capable of withstanding high levels of sunshine without burning; they will love your brightest windowsill! Their stunning red-veined glossy leaves will add a splash of colour to your room and repay your care with their beauty. With a croton in your house, the tropical Pacific will feel one step closer.

Likes bright light; just don't put it in direct midday sun as this is too much! Indirect light is best in spring and summer; when it's cooler some direct light will be helpful.

Allow the to third of the soil to dry out between waters; if it's in a darker location make sure it gets less light!

Thrives in high humidity; will appreciate misting or the introduction of a humidity tray.


Use a well-draining soil-based compost; repot every couple of years as it grows.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter.


Ideal temperature is 20-27°C; make sure it does not get colder than 15°C in winter.

No, this plant is toxic to pets and small humans.

Sprouts Top Tips
Sudden lower-leaf loss is a sign of distress to watch out for; remember it's better to under-water than over-water this plant!


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