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Codiaeum variegatum - Croton

Codiaeum variegatum - Croton (Codiaeum variegatum - Croton)

My Croton severely wilted for over a week because I let it dry out so much during the cold spell we had the beginning of January. It finally perked up after receiving water and SuperThrive. Photo taken Feb. 2, 2013.

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They're so hardy! Mine always wilt terribly during our long dry season. They only get three or four long deep drinks from the irrigation system during the dry, and they come back beautifully.

3 Feb, 2013


I've lost several small plants over the many years to drought. I didn't realize they needed so much water here. I always thought they were super drought tolerant, not here in San Diego, though.

3 Feb, 2013


I think while they're young they definitely need frequent watering. When they're fully mature they're quite drought tolerant. I have a few down the driveway that are now around 2 metres tall, and they seem to get through the long nine-month dry periods fairly well, as I said with just a few deep waterings.

3 Feb, 2013


Yes, I would guess well established shrubs in the ground would be much more drought tolerant. My plants in the past never got established. I water my crotons in the ground very often, especially in summer.

4 Feb, 2013


Love the colouring...........

4 Feb, 2013



Thanks! All Crotons are known for their very colorful, variegated leaves.

4 Feb, 2013

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