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Croton Mammy

Codiaeum variegatum 'Mammy'

Croton Mammy is a party in plant form! Plant the literal rainbow when you choose to grow Croton Mammy in your space.

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Codiaeum variegatum 'Mammy' takes everything you love about the classic Croton Petra, but twisted into an even funkier form! The Mammy Croton plant has curling, sword-shaped, multicolored leaves with yellow, red, orange, purple, and green hues.

You can grow this unique plant indoors or outdoors as long as you have the proper climate! The plant's unique form and range of colors make it the perfect fit for a range of styles and home designs.

Ideal care practices for this tropical plant include bright indirect light and a well-draining soil medium. Unlike many plants, which prefer the soil to dry completely between waterings, the Mammy is catered to a more humid lifestyle and enjoys consistently moist but not soggy soil.

When hardy enough to be grown outdoors in USDA growing zones 9-11, the Croton Mammy looks gorgeous in containers, mixed flower beds, and as a focal point in a garden! This bright-colored plant enjoys full sun and moist soil.


Growzone: 9-11 Croton Mammy Hardiness Zone 9-11
Hardiness Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 6 to 8 Feet
Mature Width: 4 to 5 Feet
Classification: Colorful foliage
Sunlight: Bright, direct light to full sun
Habit: Compact habit
Foliage: Variegated red, yellow, green and orange
Soil Condition: Potting mix with sand and perlite added
Water Requirements: Likes to be consistently moist but not waterlogged
Uses: Attractive plant to add bold color indoors

How to Care for Croton Mammy

Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!

What is the best soil for Croton Mammy?

What is the best soil for Croton Mammy?

The best soil for Croton Mammy is a well balanced mix of peat moss, perlite and vermiculite that dries some between watering but takes a long time to compact. Typically, any reputable potting mix will work well and includes those ingredients. Adding a granular, slow release fertilizer while planting is a good way to help the plant thrive in the transplanting transition. Croton does like a well draining soil, sometimes adding sand to the potting mix or using a cactus soil mix helps to prevent overwatering.

What is the best light for Croton Mammy?

What is the best light for Croton Mammy?

Croton Mammy requires bright, direct light for several hours in a day. A western or southern window provides enough light to keep these trees happy. Outdoors, the trees can handle full sun to part shade. Any change in light conditions will cause weeping figs to drop their leaves which are quickly replaced with new leaves.

How often do I water Croton Mammy?

How often do I water Croton Mammy?

Croton Mammy should be watered relatively frequently, as the plants like to stay moist. They don't like to sit in water or dry out too much. The easiest way to tell if a plant needs to be watered is by the weight of the container. If the container is very heavy and the foliage is upright, chances are good the plant doesn't need water, whereas a light container and limp foliage means the plant needs some water. Sometimes, water pours out of the container without being retained by the soil. Soaking the dry soil in a small dish or saucer can be a useful way to solve this problem. It is important not to water the foliage of these plants, or to over-water them as this will lead to plant death. If you're unsure, it is always better to let the plant go dry instead of drenching it with water. Moisture meters are another easy way to tell if plants need to be watered, and usually come with a guide to indicate what number or level of moisture different plants require.

How do I fertilize Croton Mammy?

How do I fertilize Croton Mammy?

Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack's Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. Any of these fertilizers will work well for Croton.


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