Are they poisonous to pets especially birds
Yes they are poisonous. The latex, leaves and bark are all poisonous. I have read the seeds if eaten by children could be fatal.
Hi my croton's leaves have all slowly turned really dark purple. It sits right next to a bright window indoors and I always make sure i water it when it needs. I also have a young plant in the bathroom that's also looking like it might be doing it too. Could you pleas advise me on how to get its nice yellow, red and green colour s back? Thanks Ella
This can happen with plants that remain in an area with too much humidity. At this point it may die from the infection. It has progressed further than what will be able to be saved. It is best to make sure the area gets plenty of air circulation, and using peroxide at 1 part peroxide to 3 parts water will help if you use this once per month.
Unfortunately, there may be no saving this, and only prevention in the future.
I have 2 Croton houseplants have had them for about 5 years. Beautiful plants. A red vine with little white things on it has grown out of one of them the little things are falling off. what is it and should I cut it off
Those are flowers. You can choose to cut them off, or leave them. Either way can be fine. Here is an article for more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/croton/care-croton-plants.htm
my croton was large then it stared 2 loss fefs but its also has new growth. its in ground under a cover.is this what happens in colder weather? we live in okeechobee fl.
If it is covered, then yes. This will happen due to the lack of light and air restriction. It should only be covered on the coldest nights, and uncovered when it is warm enough to be out. Leaving it covered for too long will have a very negative effect on the plant.
I accidentally left my croton outside during a night that fell below freezing & all the leaves fell off. I know it's a resilient plant so I continued caring for it until leaves regrew. However, now all the leaves are at the very top of the stems & I'm wondering if transplanting each stem into separate pots would be an option. If so, how? (Do I need to separate the roots & use the roots to plant again or could I cut the stems up to just below the leaves & plant by the stems?)
This will be more trouble that it is worth, as well as being a risky move to the health of the plant. This is especially true if you do not have quite a bit of experience dividing plants that are a little more on the sensitive end. I would just continue to let it grow into its own shape, and trim out any fully dead branches.
This article will give you more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/croton/care-croton-plants.htm
This Croton appears to have a aucuba ringspot virus. Is this your opinion also? If so is there an effective treatment?
Your plant actually looks quite healthy and it seems to be losing it's color variations due to low light conditions.
The bright spots your seeing on the leaves are just the areas that still have the color. I see no disease and the only treatment needed is increasing the sunlight that your plant receives.
These links have more information.
I've only had it for about two months and I got it indoors
Low light situations can cause the leaves to lose color.