Plant Care California Croton

California Croton

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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 located in Madison, Wisconsin.

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

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Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for California Croton in Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Growing California Croton in Madison right now

Light needs for plant California Croton in Madison, Wisconsin

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

February 6th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Madison is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant California Croton in Madison, Wisconsin

Sunlight will increase by 47.7% ☀️

February 2nd, 2023

Madison is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Madison is expected to increase by 47.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.0 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant California Croton in Madison, Wisconsin

Daylight will increase by 1.3 hours 📈

February 1st, 2023

This month, Madison is getting an average of 5.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 13.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.3 total hours of day…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Madison, Wisconsin ⛅.

California Croton does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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.

When to repot California Croton

Nutrient needs for plant California Croton in Madison, Wisconsin

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

February 2nd, 2023

The growing potential in Madison is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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Water Needs
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Growth Pattern

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 your location in Madison, Wisconsin, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

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Ratshell avatar
leaf-1 56 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.

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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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