February’s Plant of the Month: Croton

This month's plant of the month is the croton!! These beautiful houseplants are vibrant, adding a beautiful array of purples, reds, oranges, yellows and greens to any room. Since they are the plant of the month, we are offering 20% off all croton purchases through the end of the month! Some come into Bath Garden Center in Fort Collins to pick out your very own plant. And just so you are prepared, here are some care instructions!

Lighting: Bright, direct sunlight

Direct sun is what gives these beautiful plants their color. So be aware, if they are placed somewhere out of direct sun, you may not see the same vibrant colors. While they will not die, their leaves will stay more of a consistent green, and they may even loose some of their more colorful leaves.

Water: Keep them slightly moist

Crotons like their soil to stay moist, but not soggy. Let the top few inches of soil dry out and then water deeply, letting the water run out the drainage holes at the bottom of the container. Having a good, well draining potting soil will help make sure they get the water they need without overwatering them. If they get too dry, these plants will start to wilt and some of their leaves may begin to fall off. Once they start losing their leaves, they are hard to rejuvenate, so be careful!

Food: Fertilize for optimal growth

Fertilize once a month in the winter and twice a month in the summer. Be sure to always follow the directions on the back of your fertilizer container. People often make the mistake of thinking that more is better, but with fertilizing any plant, too much can cause burn damage to the roots. Ask us for fertilizer recommendations, and always let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

Other Conditions: Things to be aware of...

They do not like extreme changes in temperature, and they do not like to get cold. In the winter months, consider keeping your plant away from cold or drafty windows, as this may negatively affect your plant. As mentioned above, they need to be in a warm spot with a lot of light if you are going to see the vibrant colors that they are so well-known for. These plants, as well as many other houseplants, can be susceptible to mealy bugs. If you begin to notice bugs on your plant, contact us immediately! We are happy to talk you through how to prevent and treat any sort of pest or disease which houseplants are able to contract.

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