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Croton Variegatum is a very colourful tropical indoor houseplant. The vividly colourful foliage prevents us from getting a view of the upright bushy plant. The leaves are splashed with colours like orange, green and red along with veins of the colour yellow. There are various types of Croton plants but most of them bear leaves of oval shape. However, other varieties have lobed or forked or ribbon-like leaves and etc.
Croton Variegatum is a native to Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Western Pacific islands and belongs to the family of Euphorbiaceae. It grows mainly in scrubs and open forests. These are evergreen plants and have thick, shiny, large and leathery leaves. The female and male flowers grow separately on different inflorescences.
Taking care of this plant is not so difficult.
Well-drained soil and potting soil is perfect for this plant's growth while moist soil makes the plant grow healthily.
Unfiltered light is not preferred by this plant so always one must keep this plant in an area where there is sufficient filtered light.
In order to avoid infestation regular misting of the plants is essential.
Watering must be done accordingly in order to keep the soil moist in summer but in winter watering must be reduced.
On a very hot day watering must be done twice while on a normal day watering needs to be done only when the topmost layer of the soil becomes dry.
Well-drained soil rich in potting mix and peat moss, results into a healthier growth of these plants.
The minimum temperature required for this plant should be at around sixty degree Fahrenheit and the plant prefers warm temperatures.
The plant must not be exposed to the cold drafts.
Bright and indirect light or dappled sunlight let the plant grow well while direct sunlight reduces the growth.
The peak time for blooming regarding this plant is summer, early summer and late summer.
The plant grows to a height from three feet to ten feet.
Liquid fertilizer or palettes of slow release must be used every two weeks during the summer.
The fertilizer must be added after diluting it by half.
These plants are mainly used for decorative purposes.