How Do Croton Plants Reproduce?

How Do Croton Plants Reproduce

Croton plants have a big popularity and nice characteristics as house plants. All my friends are certain that they are really easy to handle but like careful hands.

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Only a smart gardener knows how do croton plants reproduce, what amount of water they need and in what soil they feel comfortable.

When to Transplant Croton?
The plant needs light and fast draining soil but without a lot of moisture. Croton feels well in a not completely dry environment. I heard my friends mix sand, peat and cypress for this reason. So if you notice the plant dries out or loses its brightness, it's better to change the environment.

The plant likes bright light, so be sure to put it in the right place. Every time I visit my friends and notice croton, it is full of sunlight. Also it needs to be heavily watered. Keep the plant warm, locate it near a good source of heat.

I was advised to fertilize croton in spring and summer, as then it grows really fast. Also complex fertilizers should be put into the soil once a week, when it's cold - once a month. Fertilizers should be low-nitrogen, slow-release, granular.

How to Transplant the Genus?

The soil should be damp when you transplant the cultivar. That is why I would advise to water it about two days before transplanting. Dig a hole at the new place. Its sizes must be twice bigger than the size of the root ball.

The soil in the bottom of this hole should be broken with a shovel. Bring the plant to the new location and lower it into the hole. The surrounding soil and the base of the trunk should be level. Fill in the soil around the root ball. Be careful not to make any air holes around the root system.

Keep the soil damp all the time, although not saturated. Don’t panic seeing that your favorite is losing its leaves. Leaf drop is a frequent situation.

Reproduction of Croton:

I have always asked myself: “How do plants reproduce?” To find an answer to this question I surfed the Internet. I found out that it can be done by air layering or sometimes from green and semi-green stem and tip cuttings.

However, reproduction with stem cuttings is considered to be the best and most convenient way to reproduce this genus. Some people state that you should cut small pieces in late winter and root it in damp sand and water.

If you do it right, the plant will point up its leaves and when you touch them the croton will feel like it's covered in wax. It will thank you having a bright and healthy colored appearance.

I would like to share my experience. I normally perform this procedure in spring. First, I cut stem cuttings. You will need ligneous stems for that. They are supposed to be from 5 to 10 cm long.

Then I prepare warm water to put the stems there before planting them so as to remove the juice that occurs on the cut. I roll the leaves up into a tube. This should be done in order to diminish evaporation. Once the stem is ready, I plant it into a small pot.

The mixture in the pot should contain peat, minced sphagnum, and sand. Before long I put the pot in a greenhouse. Another suitable location for it is under a film. I prefer to spray the nurslings two times a day and ventilate them regularly.

Doing so, in a month you will see the roots. Treating stems with phytohormones before planting and later using lower heating will be beneficial for the rootage.