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Croton variegatum Captain Kidd, Codiaeum variegatum Captain Kidd - Plant

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Crotons are one of the boldest houseplants you can't miss because of their colorful foliage. They're particularly eye-catching in bright dining rooms and living rooms where their foliage helps energize a room.
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Croton variegatum Captain Kidd, Codiaeum variegatum Captain Kidd Plant

Description for Croton variegatum Captain Kidd, Codiaeum variegatum Captain Kidd

Plant height: 14 - 22 inches
Plant spread: 4 - 8 inches

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.

Common name(s): Croton, Zanzibar Croton
Flower colours: Cream
Bloom time: Summer
Max reachable height: Up to 10 feet
Difficulty to grow: Medium.

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.

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: Well-drained
Water: Moderately
Temperature: 15-26 degrees C
Fertilizer: Any organic fertilizer

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.

References

  • http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/croton.html
  • http://www.plantandflowerinfo.com/plant_care_croton
  • http://homeguides.sfgate.com/croton-plants-outdoors-35056.html

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