Croton Petra ‘Codiaeum’, Assorted Colours – 13cm
Also known as Fire croton and variegated croton. It originates from India, Sri lanka, Malaysia and the western pacific islands. Petra is a very popular house plant and I’m sure you can see why, it has bright colourful oval glossy leaves with colours ranging from pink and reds to orange and yellows to green. It looks quite Jurassic and it’s definitely a conversation piece as it grows bigger. maximum height can reach nearly 5ft.
It is very toxic to both animals and humans. Please note the sap is poisonous.
Does not come with the ceramic plant pot shown in the picture.
*Please note* Plants may have been watered before shipping, do not water upon arrival unless they are dry.
Full sun (direct light) – A plant that needs full sun requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to not only survive but thrive. South facing windows are perfect for this but if you do not have any look for a site that gets drenched in plenty of sunlight. No barriers between your plant and the light should be present e.g. a tree casting a shadow.
Top Tip – Plants tend to grow towards the light – rotate your plant every time you water it to make them grow evenly.
Medium demand – Before you water always feel the soil the top layer should be dry before giving more water. This plant loves water but does not want their roots to live in water, so water well and then let the soil almost dry out before watering again. If the plant gets too much water, it is at risk of rot.
Water type unsensitive – Normal tap water is fine for this plant.
These are the recommended temperatures for your plant to thrive, making it happy and healthy: 16°C-27°C
Growth period – The growth period for this plant is spring/summer.
In optimal conditions, it should be fertilised during the growth period because this will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. You can use a diluted liquid fertiliser or sprinkle a solid fertiliser (Silver Soil Booster) on top of the soil. Always follow the product instructions.
Resting period – The growth period for this plant is autumn/winter.
Only fertilise this plant in its resting period if it is actively growing (putting out new leaves) and use a weak fertiliser at half the recommended dose. Most plants will go dormant in and stop growing so will not need fertilisation. If you were to fertilise a dormant plant it won’t absorb the nutrients which will stay in the soil and can cause chemical burn to the plant.
High humidity – This means keeping them in a warm, humid, draft free location. You can increase humidity by using pebble trays under your pots, by grouping plants close together, by misting in the morning and of course using a humidifier.
Toxic for animals and humans.
Aroid mix – You want the soil to be moist but well-draining. Use an aroid mix that is chunky, aerated, and well-draining. Try 1-part coco coir + 1-part orchid bark + 1-part perlite.
As with any plant, do not repot within 1-2 weeks of receiving as you need your plant to acclimatise to your house and recover from the stress of shipping.