Croton Petra Plants for Sale Online
Croton Petra Plants have brightly colored foliage that does well in bright, direct light and likes to stay moist. Crotons are easy to grow indoor houseplants, and they can be moved outside in warmer weather and give a tropical feel to patios, decks, and pools.
Croton petra adds a bright, colorful look to spaces indoors and outside. It does best in bright indirect to bright direct light. Croton petra grows upright, and in their native habitat become small woody shrubs or hedges. The orange, red, and yellow foliage brings personality and lightens indoor spaces. With a naturally compact habit, Croton petra can be pruned to encourage branching.
These bold plants perform well indoors or outside where hardy in full sun. Croton petra does best if given lots of light, high humidity, and not allowed to dry out completely. This eye-catching plant keeps its brightly colored foliage as it continues to grow upwards. Croton petra does well if kept as a tropical and allowed to vacation outdoors for the summer in part to full sun, they can be brought indoors and given bright, direct light all winter.
|Mature Height:||6 to 8 Feet|
|Mature Width:||4 to 5 Feet|
|Sunlight:||Bright, direct light to full sun|
|Flower Color:||White, does not flower indoors|
|Foliage:||Deep, rich colors appear on stiff, upright facing leaves|
|Soil Condition:||Potting mix with sand added|
|Water Requirements:||Likes to stay consistently moist|
|Uses:||Attractive plant to add bold color indoors|
How to Care for Croton Petra Plants
Before you buy a Croton Petra Plant, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.
What is the best soil for Croton petra?
The best soil for Croton petra 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 petra?
Variegated Ficus benjamina Plants require 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 petra?
Croton petra 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 petra?
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.