Croton Nervia

English name:

Croton Nervia

Latin name:

Codiaeum variegatum Nervia

About me:

I am one of the boldest houseplants around with rainbow-coloured foliage being my stand-out feature. Who needs flowers when you've got leaves like mine?

Useful to know:

Origin

I am native to India and Malaysia.

Height/Growth

I have been known to grow to 10ft high, but I will probably not exceed 3ft in your home.

Light

I like really bright indirect light, and preferably 4-5 hours of sunlight each day, otherwise my colours will fade.

Water

I like a warm, humid environment. Especially in Spring and Summer keep me moist but not sitting in water. You can mist me often.

Temperature

I like a warm, humid environment. Especially in Spring and Summer keep me moist but not sitting in water. You can mist me often.

Feeding

Feed me with a low-nitrogen, slow-release fertiliser once in early spring and once again in summer.

Grooming

You will need to clean my leaves often so that my colours can be appreciated.

Care

When I get stressed I lose my leaves - if you've just brought me home, wait a few weeks to let me adjust. If I continue to lose my leaves, check that the air around me is not too dry and that I'm getting enough light.

Toxicity

I can make you sick if you eat me so best to keep me away from pets and kids.

Fact

The oil of the Croton which was once used in herbal medicine as a violent purgative, is extracted from its seeds.

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