Codiaeum Variegatum Pictum
Croton Petra "Autumn Plant "
In the wild, croton petra is an evergreen shrub that grows to 10' tall. It has large, leathery, shiny leaves. The cultivated garden crotons are usually smaller and come in many leaf shapes and colors.
Light: Needs bright light or partial shade, shade from direct summer sun.
Moisture: Crotons need to be kept warm and humid. Crotons require moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Water and fertilize weekly during the growing season. Water moderately during the winter, and never let the soil dry out. Spray the leaves daily with tepid water in air conditioned environments.
Hardiness: Zones 10 - 11. Crotons do best at temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees F. and will die if temperatures stay below about 46ºF (7.8ºC) for very long.
Propagation: Propagated by air-layering or tip cuttings of softwood. Dip the cut end in powdered charcoal to stop the bleeding, and keep cuttings above 70ºF (21ºC). They should develop roots in one or two months.