Plant Care Croton 'Petra'

Croton 'Petra'

4.4 out of 5 (70 experiences)

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

About Croton 'Petra'

Croton ‘Petra’ is one of the most common Croton cultivars and bears striking fiery foliage. They’re a great choice for anyone looking to light up a room. They require abundant light to maintain their bright colors, and may revert to green over time in low light so be sure they’re able to soak up the sun! ☀️

Taxonomy

Codiaeum variegatum 'Petra'
Codiaeum
Euphorbiaceae
Malpighiales

Also known as

Codiaeum Petra and Petra Croton

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

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.

Select a city to check sunlight intensity

Finding light for Croton 'Petra' in your home

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

Croton 'Petra' love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Croton 'Petra' does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Croton 'Petra' is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Humidity
Soil
Fertilizer
Dormancy
Native Region
Flowers
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Propagation
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Croton 'Petra'

Croton 'Petra'

Croton 'Petra'


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft 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.

What other plant parents say

Croton 'Petra' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 41
Croton 'Petra' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 30
Croton 'Petra' has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 29
Croton 'Petra' has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 12
Croton 'Petra' has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Croton 'Petra' has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Croton 'Petra' has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Peacefulbohobby avatar
@Peacefulbohobby
leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 4,003 XP
globe Houston, TX
04/03/2022

All you need for this plant is a bright window and a humidifier🤷🏽‍♀️ It doesn’t get any simpler than that. My croton’s soil is always moist because if the humidifier, and he is THRIVING!!!!🗣🥲 He makes me proud tbh. A few of his leaves did drop as he was adjusting to his new environment, & i was adjusting to him. But I realized that if I keep the humidifier going basically 25/8, he bursts and surprises me w new leaves and beautiful colors on each new leaf😍 I recommend him to anybody that can keep a humidifier very close to him while he’s in the window. & get them smalllll.. with like 5 leaves on them so you can watch him grow. It’s so beautiful!🥰

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Ccrocco avatar
@Ccrocco
leaf-1 56 Plants
xp 3,565 XP
globe Roseville, CA
03/16/2022

One thing I have learned is they get very emotional when moved. Pick a bright area and leave them there so they don’t cry dropped leaves every time they get feelings hurt from new location.

Honeyharbin avatar
@Honeyharbin
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 3,720 XP
03/13/2022

Mine thrives under LOTS of sun and is in a south facing window. These are really easy to take care of and will let you know when it’s thirsty by dropping.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Taylormdebloomz avatar
@Taylormdebloomz
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 4,092 XP
03/06/2022

I love my Cretia. She is very sensitive and will let you know pretty quickly when she needs your attention. I love the colors of the Croton. Very pretty.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
1momswtp avatar
@1momswtp
leaf-1 165 Plants
xp 7,929 XP
03/03/2022

They love a humid environment. A tray of watered rocks is sufficient if you don’t have a humidifier. A small grow lamp helps if you don’t have a sunny window.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Planttherapy avatar
@Planttherapy
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 4,099 XP
02/25/2022

Beautiful!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Windswept avatar
@Windswept
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 178 XP
02/11/2022

This beast is a water hog, and sensitive to change. But once it’s settled into a space, it’s gorgeous!

Lilycaldwell avatar
@Lilycaldwell
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 72 XP
globe Knoxville, TN
01/29/2022

Their colors are beautiful and they’re very resilient! If they start dropping chances are they just need a big drink! Super easy to take care of :)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Zealmorombe avatar
@Zealmorombe
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 1,823 XP
globe Peoria, AZ
01/20/2022

I love my croton it takes a while to grow leaves but once they start growing they get huge super fast

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Silhouetta avatar
@Silhouetta
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 50 XP
12/28/2021

This is a very easy plant to take care of, and if it starts to droop, watering it rejuvenated it completely in about 30 min

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Mkaybuds avatar
@Mkaybuds
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 260 XP
12/09/2021

Love this plant, I purchased it from home depot brought it back from the dead. It’s one of my fastest growing plants, it does require frequent watering in a well drained pot and lots of sunlight to thrive but the beautiful colorful leaves make it worth it

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Jayrayriv avatar
@Jayrayriv
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 2,911 XP
globe San Diego, CA
12/04/2021

This is a beautiful plant, but requires water more frequently than most any of my plants. I did my best to please her as long as I could until she got a mealybug infestation which took it to the brink. I will try again in the future, but this is not the easiest plant from my experience.

Ren990 avatar
@Ren990
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 234 XP
globe Boston, MA
07/29/2021

Crotons are very sensitive to movement- I brought mine home from the store ans it lost all its leaves and took about a month to start regrowing them

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Renata.vr avatar
@Renata.vr
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 1,017 XP
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

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Miriamstarr avatar
@Miriamstarr
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 2,640 XP
globe Benton, PA
06/18/2021

Easy to care for. Loves lots of bright light and water. Colorful leaves ❤️

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Nathanddang avatar
@Nathanddang
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 331 XP
06/11/2021

They will tell you when they need to water which may feel like almost everyday. Don’t overwater it though! Also you need to clean the leaves from dust.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Evergreengarden avatar
@Evergreengarden
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 193 XP
globe Edmonton, Alberta
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 me relax through her adjustment. I love this plant and would highly recommend!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Chrisschwartz97 avatar
@Chrisschwartz97
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 87 XP
globe Columbia, SC
05/24/2021

Very easy to manage, will grow as big as pot planted in

Survivor Survivor
Riversong avatar
@Riversong
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 1,278 XP
05/17/2021

Likes very bright light or the variegation won’t be as interesting;)

Survivor Survivor
Addisoncampbell avatar
@Addisoncampbell
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 1,243 XP
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!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

Trending in your area

Similar to Croton 'Petra'

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in