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,


It sounds like your plant might be a Croton “Mammy.” Croton plants tend to lose leaves when they are severely over-watered or under-watered. Be sure your croton is in a container that has drip holes in the bottom so that excess water can drain out. Never allow a croton to sit in the excess water. The leaves of the plant will get a little soft and flexible when the plant needs water. Croton plants prefer bright indirect light. This helps the soil dry out quickly and helps prevent root rot.┬áIf there is insufficient light, new leaves are green not predominantly yellow, red, or orange. Too much direct sun causes phototoridation, a condition that makes Croton leaves gray and dull looking. You can read all my care tips for a croton plant in the Popular houseplant section of the website.

If you don’t think it’s a watering issue, the other cause may be Spider Mites. Spider Mites are a plant pest that really likes croton plants. You can read about spider mites and how to treat them in the Glossary of the website.