croton_webNicknamed “Joseph’s coat,” after the coat-of-many-colors mentioned in the Bible, crotons are tropical shrubs famous for their big, shiny,  leaves which, like the leaves of the common coleus, come in mild to wild combinations of pink, green, gold, red and orange.

It’s easy to keep a croton healthy and happy for many years. Here’s how:

For the best color, give a croton bright light. A little direct sun is good because the brighter the light, the brighter the croton’s colors will be.

 Place the croton pot over a saucer filled with pebbles and water to provide humidity.

Keep it warm—60ºF minimum—and keep it away from cold drafts.

Water at regularly, making sure the soil does not dry out, but does not get soggy, either. Feed regularly spring to fall with a general houseplant fertilizer. Wash the leaves with warm water now and then to keep them dust-free and shiny.