Do You Love Fall Color? Why You Need to Get a Croton

I don't know about you, but I'm itching for fall. There's nothing better than the cool crisp air, cozy knit sweaters, and all that beautiful fall foliage. The problem I have however, is that I live in Southern California and we don't really get seasons. That being said, I have to find clever ways to bring fall to me. Whether you're in a similar situation or you are lucky enough to experience fall in all it's beauty, a croton is a perfect addition to your home for the season.

There are many varietals of Croton plants, each with stunning color and texture. I only have one at the moment but I've fallen madly in love with it and want more! I have mine outside on my patio where it receives morning and early afternoon sun with bright light the remainder of the day. There have been a few times I thought I'd loose it but I gave it a good drink and it perked right back up! Any plant that does this is my best friend as I have a tendency to neglect my plants sometimes.

Croton pros:

-Works well in bright light

-Beautifully colored foliage

-Low to Moderate maintenance

-Bounce back

-Rarely have problems with pests

-Can be indoor or outdoor plants

-Evergreen plants that will grow all year

-Can withstand a wide temperature range

Croton cons:

-Doesn't do well with low light

-Likes high humidity

-Won't fair well outside in climates that drop below 40 F

-Doesn't like to change locations which can cause them to drop leaves (they'll grow back though!)


They are great as a house plant if you have enough light, they would love a bright sunny window.

They also work outdoors in bright light (full sun in some areas).


Their water needs are moderate. Water when soil starts to dry out (or like me when you notice foliage beginning to droop). Overwatering or going a long period without water will cause them to drop leaves.

Their humidity needs are high. A brightly lit bathroom or kitchen are usually good places because of this need. Other ways to accommodate these needs are a humidifier, misting foliage, setting on a pebble tray, or grouping them together with other plants.


Crotons can withstand a wide temperature range. They prefer 60-85 F, but can tolerate temperatures as low as 40 F (without frost) and high as 100 F. If temperatures are high, they will likely want extra watering so be mindful of this.


Pests are a very rare problem and if you find any they'll most likely be mealy bugs or spider mites.