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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

GROWING CROTON PLANTS (POKOK PUDING) IN MY GARDEN

Croton plant is also known as Common Croton, Garden Croton or Variegated Croton (Pokok Puding, Puding Mas or Puding Merah in Malay). Its scientific name is Codiaeum Variegatum.
Croton is an evergreen shrub and is a tropical plant. It likes warm climate and the sunlight. It grows well in fertile soil with good drainage. Bad drainage or water logged soil will cause root rot and the leaves will drop. If the problem is not rectified, the plant will die. Croton needs regular watering but must have good drainage. It also needs light, regular fertilizer.
Croton has glossy variegated leaves with shades of red, orange, yellow, green, purple, pink and white. The more exposure to the sun, the more bright and striking the colours of the leaves.
As the plant matures, the leaves will change colour.

It can be grown as garden landscaping plant. In this case, space out the plants to give room for growth. Croton can be grown in pots as ornamental indoor or outdoor plant. If placed indoor, place it where it can get bright light because light affects the colour of the leaves. Croton is suitable as indoor plant for office and home.
If the plant grows too tall, it can be cut back or trimmed. The cutting can be used for propagation of new plants. For propagation, I will cut the cuttings to about 12 cm (4 to 5 inches), then remove the leaves near the base and stick the cuttings into garden soil in a small pot. I will then water the cuttings and keep them in a shady place till new growth appear. Then it can be moved to partial shade. After that when it is growing well, it can be re-potted into a bigger pot.
I have 2 pots of Croton. These were bought by my hubby because he likes the bright, variegated leaves. He said that these plants will add colours to my garden. I prefer to grow them in pots to make it easier for me to rearrange the plants around my garden and also for easier control of growth of the plant.
I was told that Croton bears flowers but so far I have not noticed any flowers yet. It could be that my Crotons are grown in pot but I will be watching out for the flowers.
Caution:
Croton plant is toxic. Keep Croton away from children and pets. the sap of the plant may cause irritation to skin. If the sap touches your hands, quickly wash the affected part. Another name for this plant is the Bush On Fire Crotons.






















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22 comments:

  1. I have seen these in outdoor greenhouses, they are beautiful. I didn't realize that they could be toxic, though. Thanks for all your share, Nancy, I learn a lot and enjoy your posts very much. :)

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    1. Hi Linda, I am happy to know that you enjoyed my post.

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  2. I love the crotons! There are many around here, even the local hospital has many in their lobby. So many beautiful colors, and different color choices. I have seen a lot, but never any with flowers! I thought their leaves are so colorful, they do not need flowers.

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    1. Hi Ginny, yes, the colourul leaves would outshine the flowers.

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  3. Oh, reminds me of home. We had lots of them back there.

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    1. Hi SuperLux, thanks for your comments. Have a nice day.

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  4. they're beautiful. i like the variegated leaves.

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    1. Hi Tex, thank you. I love them too.

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    1. Hi Sharon, thank you. Have a nice day.

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  6. So pretty. I was already planning to get some when I reached the part you mention they're toxic. Aiks KIV then.

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    1. Hi Stacy, oh...did I frighten you? You can keep them somewhere out of touch of children and pets.

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    2. My kids WILL touch everything they're not supposed to. :)

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    3. Oh I see....then better be careful and not keep this plants.

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  7. Hi Nancy,

    I remember I was told that these plants are toxic to touch... but they are very pretty in their bright colours.

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe, its ok to just touch them, but it is the sap to avoid direct contact.

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  8. Nancy, these Crotons are indeed colourful with bold patterns. My mum loves these plants. Oh, I did not know they are toxic!

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    1. Phong Hong, Just be careful and let sap have direct contact with skin.

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