I live in Brisbane, Australia, a subtropical environment. I bought a croton plant a week ago and planted it outdoors in a pot. It's hard to know exactly how to care for it because there's so many varieties that have different needs so that it's hard to find information. The other day I noticed that my croton is developing pale, colourless patches on its leaves that feel thinner than the rest of the leaves. Today I've noticed that those patches are increasing on more leaves. Is that simply to do with the amount of heat/light/water or something else? I've attached some photos. Also, is there a way I can help my croton develop more fiery red and less green on its leaves? Regards Ryan
You may need to shade the plant in the hot afternoon sunshine.
Orange and red colors will fade if exposed to direct afternoon sunshine.
Maintain evenly moist soil in potted plants, daily water is needed when temperatures are above 80 degrees F.
Over fertilizing can lead to color loss in a Croton.
How do I transplant a a indoor banana croton plant?
If your plant is showing signs of outgrowing it's container you can repot.
Use a pot only 1 to 2 inches in size larger. Use a good commercial potting soil.
What do you do when the plant becomes large and top heavy? Can you trim it back and how?
These articles may help you care for your croton plant:
I received a gold dust croton as a gift at work in 2002. Now it's gotten so tall it's encroaching on my bosses office. It's also starting to look unhealthy, I know it needs a bigger pot, but I'm thinking of taking it home an putting it outside. I live is south Texas and the place I was going to put it gets full afternoon sun. I would take it in the house when it gets cold which is probably nov-feb. do you think it would live outside? Or is it even a gold dust croton?
A Croton can grow outdoors in zones 9-11. You may be in zone 9, check your growing zone to be sure.
My croton is doing great but I never know when to transplant it into a bigger pot. Thank you for your help. I think my area is too cold to plant outside.
Repot croton as needed when it shows signs of outgrowing its current pot, and during spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. For additional help with repotting plants, try this article: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/learn-more-about-repotting-houseplants.htm
My croton plant has grown too large to be accommodated in my home. Can I prune it/cut it back? If so, how do I do this without damaging the plant?
If you decide to cut it back, do so sparingly. They don't really care to be cut back much. Make sure to use clean shears, so that the plant doesn't contract an infection. Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/croton/care-croton-plants.htm
I grew this croton for a long time and it was beautiful. Recently due to the cold weather, it dropped leaves as shown. However, I have also noticed that there are many white small hollow shells in the soil. When you squeeze it, it is broken and empty inside. Is this a disease? What shall I do? Thanks! Terry
Those are slow release fertilizer pellets. It would be best to repot into a larger pot, and add more to it when you do. Here is an article that will give you more information on their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/croton/care-croton-plants.htm