Even though the Garden Croton is normally grown outdoors in zones 9-11, it can be a beautiful indoor plant in any zone. And although very colorful with tones of red, orange, yellow and even purple in its leaves, growing conditions indoors and lead to loss of color. Crotons are native to tropical climates giving them bright light year round. However, during winter, or while growing indoors, lower light conditions can lead to the fading of the normally bright colors. If growing indoors, be sure to place the plant near the sunniest window, or provide a grow light. In addition, a balanced, slow release fertilizer will help keep the Croton in full color.
- When croton leaves lose their color, it is generally because they are not getting enough light.
- In the winter, croton plants should be kept indoors within five feet of a sunny window.
- Croton plants should be fertilized two to three times a year, preferable with a slow-release fertilizer.
“Their striking red, orange and yellow-striped leaves make the extra work worthwhile.”