A resistant, slender, ribbed foliage of yellow and orange color on a green font make the orange croton one of the most colorful green plants. The shades as well as the liveliness of these colors give it a unique and refined appearance that attracts the eye.
- Family: Euphorbiaceae
- Type: perennial plant
- Origin: Malaysia, India
- Color: orange, yellow
- Exposure: subdued sun
- Flowering : summer
- Soil: potting soil
- Height: up to 1.5 meters
The orange croton loves the sun, but should not be directly under the sun’s rays. It is a plant that does not like drafts and large temperature incarts. It is therefore necessary to avoid placing it close to a window.
Of Malaysian origin, this plant loves heat and humidity. However, it is very well adapted to life indoors. It easily withstands temperatures up to 25°C (77°F) but should not be subjected to temperatures below 13°C (55°F).
During summer and spring, the orange croton should be watered regularly, but moderately, ideally watering when the soil is dry on the surface. During the winter, preferably wait until the soil is dry for a few centimeters before watering again. It is advisable to water the orange croton with water at room temperature earlier than too cold water, thus avoiding inducing unnecessary stress to the plant.
Repotting is essential if you want your plant to bloom again. The older and larger the plant, the more repotting is needed. In the early stages, repotting every 2 or 3 years is enough. Then it depends on the size of the shrub. When repotting, choose a pot with a slightly larger diameter and make sure that the bottom of the pot is pierced. Be careful, repotting in a pot that is too large will cause the roots to get lost in the soil and the plant may die.