Identify and Care for this Plant?- Croton “Mammy”
Hello Judy. Found your site online when I was trying to find the name of the attached plant. Would you happen to know what it is?
Your plant is a type of Croton Plant, there are many different varieties but yours looks like a Croton “Mammy.”
Croton plants need bright, indirect light to maintain their colorful leaves. If there is not enough light, new leaves are predominantly green rather than yellow, red, and orange. Too much direct sun causes phototoridation, a condition that makes Croton leaves gray and dull looking.
Allow the top 25%-30% of the soil to dry out before watering. Crunchy leaves indicate over-watering not under watering. The leaves become soft and droop a little when your plant needs water. When a croton is severely over or under-watered leaves drop off.
There are complete care tips for a croton in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of a different variety but the care is the same.
Croton plants are a little temperamental and not as forgiving as some other houseplants, but are a bright addition to any home or office.
These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.