Croton variegatum Captain Kidd, Codiaeum variegatum Captain Kidd - Plant
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Description for Croton variegatum Captain Kidd, Codiaeum variegatum Captain Kidd
Croton Captain Kidd is a decorative tropical plant with lush leathery, multi-colored foliage splashed with vibrant greens, yellow and red when planted in warm frost-free areas. Captain Kidd enjoys a sheltered patio or indoor position which makes a wonderful specimen plant for a feature pot. Also, great planted in the garden in a semi-shaded, well-drained position. Keep soil moist in summer & slightly dryer in winter. Croton Captain Kidd will grow to a height of 1-1.5m high and a width of 1m.Croton is typically offered as an indoor plant, but can also be used outdoors as a seasonal accent plant in containers or plantings of annuals or mixed ornamentals.
Planting and care
Croton is propagated by stem cutting and air layering. 1. Stem Cuttings Propagation by rooting a stem from a healthy, mature plant is a method commonly used to propagate croton and many other houseplants. Rooting involves cutting a stem with at least three sets of leaves. A wound is created by removing the bottom set of leaves, and new roots form at the wound site. The stem is planted in a container filled with the lightweight potting mixture and then covered with plastic to create a greenhouse atmosphere. 2. Air Layering Air layering is a propagation technique in which a stem is rooted while it's still attached to the plant. The process involves making a diagonal cut through one-third to one-half the diameter of the stem. The wound is treated with rooting hormone and kept open with a piece of toothpick or matchstick. Damp sphagnum moss is packed around the area, with the moss carefully covered with plastic wrap. When the stem roots, it is planted in a container filled with lightweight potting soil or a mixture of ingredients such as perlite, sand and peat moss.
Caring for Croton variegatum Captain Kidd
- Croton likes bright sunlight but benefits from partial or filtered shade during hot summer afternoons. Too much sunlight bleaches the colors in the leaves.
- Water croton until water trickles through the drainage hole when the top of the soil feels dry, and then allow the pot to drain freely.
- Croton is a light feeder that benefits from a monthly fertilization schedule. Use an organic fertilizer.
- Re-pot indoor crotons every two years to encourage healthy growth.
Typical uses of Croton variegatum Captain Kidd
Special features: The colorful foliage and air purification ability.
Ornamental use: Can be used for Container, Foundation, Hedges, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Screening, etc.
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