Plant Care Croton 'Petra'
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Croton 'Petra'

4.3 out of 5 (56 experiences)

Croton 'Petra' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Croton 'Petra' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Taxonomy

Codiaeum variegatum 'Petra'
Codiaeum
Euphorbiaceae
Malpighiales

What other plant parents say

Croton 'Petra' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 31
Croton 'Petra' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 22
Croton 'Petra' has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 20
Croton 'Petra' has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 11
Croton 'Petra' has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Croton 'Petra' has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Croton 'Petra' has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Croton 'Petra' has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 3
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Tualatin, Oregon
Rating of the plant Croton 'Petra' named Sproutacus by Risaree1957 on Greg, the plant care app
05/16/2021

This plant loves the sun and grows fast. I’ve only had about 6 weeks and even though it was in a low light area it bloomed. I water once a week. I have moved closer to the window and I’m getting more…

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@Risaree1957
Tualatin, Oregon
Rating of the plant Croton 'Petra' named Sproutacus by Risaree1957 on Greg, the plant care app
05/16/2021

This plant loves the sun and grows fast. I’ve only had about 6 weeks and even though it was in a low light area it bloomed. I water once a week. I have moved closer to the window and I’m getting more…

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02/12/2021

He’s already starting to develop new leaves, even when we’ve only had him about a month. His leaves are gorgeous, but the color has started to fade in my lower light apartment. Getting a grow light, …

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@Greg
Los Angeles, California
Rating of the plant Croton 'Petra' named 诸葛亮 by Greg on Greg, the plant care app
02/12/2021

It’s leaves are SO BEAUTIFUL!!! They look like fireflies ✨ I got them a few weeks ago and have been putting them next to the east-facing window - it’s thriving and growing new leaves. The new leaves …

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@Martin
New York
Rating of the plant Croton 'Petra' named Fuego by Martin on Greg, the plant care app
02/16/2021

I love this plant! It tells you when it needs water, the leaves start to get droopy. I keep it on an east-facing windowsill. It had three medium sized leaves when I got it, then doubled in size last …

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Edmonton, Alberta
Rating of the plant Croton 'Petra' named McKinley by Evergreengarden on Greg, the plant care app
05/27/2021

When I first brought her home, she dropped all her leaves from the stress. Typically this would’ve sent me into a panic but I had previously read that was normal for a croton, that information helped…

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Denver, Colorado
Rating of the plant Croton 'Petra' named Raimi by Tatenewman14 on Greg, the plant care app
05/06/2021

A little tricky of a plant here in CO; it needs a lot of moisture. And it almost died due to infrequent watering while I was learning about its nature. But I have notice new leaves starting to unfurl…

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@Shellm1021
Bakersfield, California
Rating of the plant Croton 'Petra' named Harper by Shellm1021 on Greg, the plant care app
03/08/2021

Pretty dramatic. Will definitely let you know if it’s needing water. Leaves will all droop looking very sad. A little water and some sunshine and this plant is healthy and happy in less than an hour!

Renata.vr avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Croton 'Petra' named Iris by Renata.vr on Greg, the plant care app
06/27/2021

Very delicate tropical plant, thrives off full sunshine and moist soil , rotate and mist regularly for healthy and even growth, also nip the buds from time to time to promote new growth

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Wytheville, Virginia
Rating of the plant Croton 'Petra' named Agnivo by Addisoncampbell on Greg, the plant care app
05/16/2021

Petra Crotons are beautiful. They have such pretty colors that grow with the right amount of light. They’re also super easy to grow and aren’t high maintenance!!

How to care for Croton 'Petra'

Water

How often to water your Croton 'Petra'

Water needs for Croton 'Petra'
0.5 cups
every 9

Croton 'Petra' 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 Croton 'Petra'

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 Croton 'Petra' in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Croton 'Petra': 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Croton 'Petra' may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Croton 'Petra'

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Croton 'Petra': 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 Croton 'Petra' after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Croton 'Petra'

Croton 'Petra'

Croton 'Petra'


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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