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Croton 'Mammy'

Croton 'Mammy'

Regular price $22.22 USD
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Common Names: Mammy
Botanical Name: Codiaeum Variegatum

    Croton 'Mammy' Description

    Croton 'Mammy' features narrow, elongated leaves that curl into unique spirals. The leaves are multicolored, displaying a mix of green, red, yellow, and sometimes even purple. The intense coloration becomes more pronounced when the plant is exposed to bright light. With its upright growth habit, 'Mammy' makes a striking statement in any room.

    Care Plan for Croton 'Mammy'

    Light: Croton 'Mammy' thrives in bright, indirect light. It requires several hours of light each day to maintain its vivid leaf colors. While it can tolerate medium light, its colors may not be as vibrant, and the plant might become leggy. Avoid low light conditions and direct afternoon sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.

    Watering: Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Crotons prefer to be kept on the moist side, but overwatering can lead to root rot. Ensure that the pot has good drainage and reduce watering slightly during the winter months when the plant's growth slows.

    Humidity: Croton 'Mammy' prefers higher humidity levels, which can be achieved by misting the plant regularly, using a humidifier, or placing it on a pebble tray. Higher humidity helps prevent leaf drop, a common issue with Crotons in dry indoor environments.

    Temperature: Ideal temperatures range from 60-75°F (16-24°C). Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes, as Crotons are sensitive to cold and may drop leaves if the temperature falls below 50°F (10°C).

    Child and Pet Safety: It is important to note that Croton plants are toxic when ingested. They contain sap that can cause gastrointestinal upset in pets and humans, and contact with the sap may also irritate the skin. Therefore, it's best to keep this plant out of reach of children and pets.

    General Tips: Fertilize Croton 'Mammy' every month during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Pruning can help maintain its shape and encourage fuller growth. Also, regularly cleaning the leaves will not only improve the plant's appearance but also enhance its health by allowing more light to reach the leaves.



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