Croton HousePlant Gets too Cold

Hi Judy I’m not sure of the name of this plant we were given. Through the warm summer it was beautiful. I can only assume the cold at night in conservatory has had a bad effect. I only hope you can tell me hove to get this plant back to its glorius self

Hi,

Cold-damaged Croton Plant

Croton Plant

Your plant is a Croton Plant. Croton Plants like very warm temperatures between 60-80 degrees. When the temperature drops below 50 degrees the leaves become permanently damaged and the damaged leaves cannot be saved. The good news is that the roots are just fine and if you prune the plant, it will grow back more beautiful than ever. The other thing to look out for is a plant pest called spider mitesSpider Mites, members of the Acari family, are small insects about 1mm in size. The most common indoor plant mite is the red spider mite (also called the two-spotted spider mite.). These pests lay their eggs on the under surface of leaves and produce fine webbing especially where the leaves are attached to the stem. Spider mites are hard to see with the naked eye, and may appear only as small red dots. They are more often recognized by the gritty feel of the leaf when you run your finger down it’s length, or by the appearance of discolored leaves due to the sucking action of the mites. The best way to prevent spider mites is to keep your plants clean and dust free. Treat spider mites by spraying every ten days for a month with a product such as Safer Insecticidal Soap. that love to infest Croton Plants. These plant insects suck the color out of the leaves of a Croton plants, leaving behind fine webbing and a gritty feel to the leaves. You can read more about spider mitesSpider Mites, members of the Acari family, are small insects about 1mm in size. The most common indoor plant mite is the red spider mite (also called the two-spotted spider mite.). These pests lay their eggs on the under surface of leaves and produce fine webbing especially where the leaves are attached to the stem. Spider mites are hard to see with the naked eye, and may appear only as small red dots. They are more often recognized by the gritty feel of the leaf when you run your finger down it’s length, or by the appearance of discolored leaves due to the sucking action of the mites. The best way to prevent spider mites is to keep your plants clean and dust free. Treat spider mites by spraying every ten days for a month with a product such as Safer Insecticidal Soap. in the Glossary of the website. Here are some plant care instructions for a Croton used as a houseplant.