Plant Care California Croton

California Croton

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Croton californicus

How to care for California Croton


How often to water your California Croton

Water needs for California Croton
0.5 cups
every 9

California Croton needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of California Croton

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for California Croton in your home

Light needs and placement for plant California Croton: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

California Croton love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

California Croton does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of California Croton in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize California Croton

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for California Croton: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your California Croton after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for California Croton

California Croton

California Croton

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

California Croton has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Ratshell avatar
leaf-1 60 Plants
xp 3,942 XP
globe Meridianville, AL

Mine just doesn’t seem to like anything I do. I’ve changed near everything I can to get this little guy happy but he continues to die.

Browns easily Browns easily
Ashinbyalex avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 4,630 XP
globe Vallejo, CA

This plant is difficult. Ive had about 4 crotons and this one seems to be the only one to live to tell the tale. Shade when its hella hot (90 degrees+) otherwise i just water when Greg tells me to. Others died from being in > than 90•. Another because it wasnt getting enough sun. Once they like their environment u need to keep it there. If i were to bring this guy in the house he would definitely die

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