70 - 80cm Croton Dreadlocks Codiaeum 19cm Pot House Plant

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Croton 'Dreadlocks', scientifically known as Codiaeum variegatum 'Dreadlocks', stands out in the world of crotons due to its unique and visually striking appearance. It is a tropical plant known for its vibrant foliage that twists and curls into intricate shapes, resembling dreadlocks. The leaves boast a riot of colours, including green, yellow, red, and orange, making it a lively addition to any indoor or outdoor garden. This care guide will provide you with detailed instructions to ensure your Croton 'Dreadlocks' thrives.

Description

  • Appearance: Croton 'Dreadlocks' features narrow leaves that spiral into tight curls, creating a textured, dense appearance. The leaves display a vivid colour palette, changing hues as the plant matures or in response to light levels.
  • Size: When grown indoors, it typically reaches up to 3 feet in height, but it can grow larger if conditions are ideal or if planted outdoors in tropical climates.
  • Growth Habit: This croton variety grows upright and becomes bushier with age, especially when the tips are pruned to encourage branching.

Care Guide

Light Requirements

Croton 'Dreadlocks' thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can enhance the colours of the leaves, but too much can cause scorching. In low light conditions, the plant may become leggy, and its vibrant colours may fade. A spot near a window with filtered light is ideal.

Watering

Water your Croton 'Dreadlocks' when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. It prefers consistently moist but not waterlogged soil. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while under-watering can cause the leaves to droop and fall off. Reduce watering in the winter months when the plant's growth slows down.

Humidity and Temperature

As a tropical plant, it enjoys high humidity levels. Aim for 40-60% humidity. If your home is dry, especially during winter, use a humidifier or place the plant on a pebble tray with water to increase humidity around it. Keep it in a warm environment, ideally between 60-85°F (16-29°C). Avoid sudden temperature drops and cold drafts.

Soil and Fertilization

Use a well-draining potting mix rich in organic matter. A mix designed for tropical plants or a combination of peat, perlite, and vermiculite works well. Fertilize your Croton 'Dreadlocks' every 4-6 weeks during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Reduce fertilization to once every 2-3 months in the winter.

Pruning and Maintenance

Prune in spring or summer to maintain its shape and encourage fuller growth. Use sterile pruning shears to trim back any leggy growth or to shape the plant. Regularly wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and support photosynthesis.

Pest and Disease Management

Croton 'Dreadlocks' may be susceptible to pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Inspect regularly and treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Avoid overwatering to prevent root rot and other fungal diseases.

Propagation

Propagation can be done through stem cuttings. Choose a healthy stem, cut it just below a leaf node, and remove the bottom leaves. Plant the cutting in moist soil and cover it with a plastic bag to create a humid environment. Place it in indirect light until roots develop.

Final Thoughts

Croton 'Dreadlocks' is not only a plant with stunning visual appeal but also one that brings a tropical flair to your space. With proper care, this distinctive plant can be a vibrant, lively addition to your collection, rewarding you with its unique beauty for years to come.

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  • Plants are supplied in plastic nursery pots unless stated in the product title.

  • Plants are not for consumption unless stated as edible.

  • Plant heights can fluctuate +/- 10%.

  • Our plants are kept at our tropical nursery in Yorkshire where we maintain an average temperature of 18c.

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