Croton Plant Losing Leaves

I have a slender leafed croton and it’s loosing its leaves. Is there anything I can do for it?

Hi Joan,

Yellow and green striped Croton

Croton Mammy Plant

Crotons tend to lose leaves when they are severely over-watered or under-watered. It looks like your Croton is in a container that does not have drip holes in the bottom ?? Is that true? If the answer is yes, the plant is probably over-watered. All houseplants should be in pots that have drip holes. You can then set them in a clear deep plant saucer and then place plant & saucer into a decorative container. If you don’t think it’s a watering issue, the other cause may be 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.. You can read 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. and how to treat them in the Glossary of the website.

http://www.houseplant411.com/glossary/spider-mite-plant-pests