My Croton has 3 main stems and is about 40" tall. It has recently lost some of its bottom leaves. What is the recommended pruning for this plant? Should I chop it off at 15" and let it grow back? Will it regain lower foliage?
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Cut all dead leaves and branches back to the point of origin on the parent branch or to the main stem.
Cut back any long, overgrown stems just above a leaf set to maintain a compact, bushy shape.
Hard prune the croton, cutting the stems back severely if the plant becomes leggy with little leaf growth at the base of the stems. Remove only one-third of the total stem height at a time and allow the plant to sprout new growth before continuing to reduce the height.