I hope that’s the new trend. Will this plant be enough for the morning sun? Southern gardeners in frost free zones should have no problem growing croton plants outside. and included photos. Croton cuttings take about 4 weeks to develop new roots and new leaves start to emerge. Aug 30, 2016 - Tropical crotons (Codiaeum variegatum var. BUT,have you tried the other Apheladra’s? Place the pot in shade where temperature is at 20-25°C. Great info, Keep the soil moist, but not over watered. Once you cut off the branch, you will then need to cut the growing tip off. Whats the fun if everything is a sure thing right? This can be challenging because the Mammy Croton does not like to be moved around, as such both your original plant and the new cutting may suffer wilting and or leaf-loss. pictum) only grow in the warm climates of U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9b or 11 through 12, but their wildly colorful leaves make them stunning container plants, either as houseplants or as accents in the summer garden. Your email address will not be published. You don’t need anywhere near the amount of rooting hormone applied like shown below, and it doesn’t need to be put this far up the stem either. The amount of sun that the plant receives will correlate to the intensity of its color. After a few weeks, the stem will develop roots and new growth will start. In some cases the entire stem dies off from too much water loss. Thank you for sharing these propagation instructions!Where I live Crotons are sold only as a houseplant — and a somewhat costly one at that. Hi Len Next, poke a hole in the soil with your finger to put the stem cutting in. How can I replace the rooting hormone? No, sorry, I haven’t had a chance to acquire Ramshorn. The cut should be just below a leaf joint. Where do you “shop” in fla for crotons? One of the harder ones I did cuttings of took 2 months. I will put the stem in about halfway and push the mix down to compact it around the cutting. Cover the pot with plastic to create a greenhouse atmosphere. I have one growing in my yard and this time of year it is at its best. Looking at a leaf detail, you can see why it is called “Fishbone.”. If the sphagnum moss turns to a tan color, it means that it is becoming dry. Temporarily remove the covering, mist the moss and wrap it again. Maintain a temperature of 75°-80° within the growing medium until germination, which takes about 30 … Propagation by rooting a stem from a healthy, mature plant is a method commonly used to propagate croton and many other houseplants. Bands are basically just small pots for the plant. I actually picked them up retail at Green Thumb in Lake Forrest. First up is a newer addition to the garden thanks to a friend in Florida that has an amazing collection. Also, remember it is older time of year with less light. Both already little shrubs. I’m going to be moving in 6-9 months and I want to take cuttings from some of my plants in the yard here. I have a Stoplight for you if you ever make it down this way. Another is Mrs. Iceton. I finally have budding on a cutting I took a little over a month ago. Take a cutting 6 to 12 inch long and as thick as a pencil from the top of the plant. Have you tried https://peterscrotonnursery.com? If I plan to share with other people or use them as trade bait, I will put a single plant into a one-gallon pot to grow up. After weeding those out, I am left with 15 different ones succeeding in my garden right now. I have never had any luck propagating crotons until I tried your method of using a bare woody cutting. Thus, saving you money with just a little bit of work. “Trinidad Interrupted Leaf” is also a newer addition from the same person I received “Fishbone” from. Are you misting the cutting or saturating the soil in the band until buds begin to form? But I also have it planted in too much shade. However, I can root easier plants like Ti Plants and Plumeria without it. Daily watering is not needed as there are no roots as yet. The croton cutting should have at least three sets of leaves at the top. So of course once back home, I tested out her technique to see how well croton stem cuttings take and grow. The effort to find one that wouldn't was well worth it, however, as I now have a spectacular Croton that provides color to my yard all year long. Terrace Garden, Patio, and container have today in a special place, Croton increase in popularity is due to appear in all gardens. Keep up with the latest gardening news from Married To Plants. I liked the way you clearly and simply passed on instructions (this is always good for me!) Once I put the cutting into soil and water it in, I never water again. pictum) only grow in the warm climates of U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9b or 11 through 12, but their wildly colorful leaves make them stunning container plants, either as houseplants or as accents in the summer garden. I will recive next week a few croton cuttings and This will be very informative for me. I usually make 20 of these at a time, so I like to just get through this quickly. I have. But its hardy for me. Cut the lower leaves leaving the growing tips intact. For sure it would work on Firespike (Odontonema strictum). How to Propagate Croton Plant. Hi Stan. Make a hole with a pencil in the soil in the pot and insert the cutting into the soil. Jul 3, 2013 - Croton is a colorful evergreen shrub. Dip the cut end of the cutting in an off-the-shelf rooting hormone and plant them in a small pot. I am growing 7 different cultivars in my garden in southern Spain and i am in love with this plants. Glad it helps 🙂 You live in a beautful country full of amazing plants. Very informative post, thank you. When propagating crotons from stem cuttings, be sure that the bottom of the stem cutting is cut at a 45-degree angle and just above a node. Repot the plant in the spring if it has grown too large for its current pot. At that time she also explained how she propagated her crotons from stem cuttings. I have some cool things like a couple of interrupted and ramshorn, but no growth from those guys yet. Good to see you back! While not new to the seasoned croton grower, hopefully this post will at least help others like me that had no idea just how easy it is to propagate crotons from stem cuttings. Croton isn't difficult to grow, and is easily propagated by taking a stem cutting from a healthy, mature plant. I have two Zanzibar plants in pots. To propagate your croton via stem cuttings, you’ll need a small plant pot for each cutting you’d like to root, standard commercial potting soil, clean pruners or shears, and optional rooting hormone. Also, you do not want too fat a piece, where it could dry out quickly. and what indications are you using to decide to add moisture content to the Ziploc bag? They're also very easy to propagate. Thanks for the photos too. Required fields are marked *. Five took. Anyways- good luck and look forward to your very interesting and colorful blog! I have a balcony that receives full morning sun but temps in the morning hover between 100-105 till 11am. Aug 7, 2016 - Tropical crotons (Codiaeum variegatum var. Now that’s dedication. The Fishbone did great! These new plants are then put into different container sizes depending on what my final intent is. I love crotons too and have a few varieties here in Singapore but looking forward to travel to Thailand to get a few of those nice and uncommon ones. Not only has it continued to thrive as an outdoor plant (potted and positioned in filtered sun beneath a Mulberry tree) but it has become enormous.Unlike other Crotons I kept as a houseplant, it also never lost the lower leaves so it is a full, vibrant and hardy year around. When people tour the landscape, one of the more common requests is asking where I got certain crotons that a visitor fell in love with. Water the soil well to moisten it. Remove the bottom leaves and place the cutting in a glass of water. Cut 2 to 3 inches from the stem tip from a healthy croton plant. Roots will form in about 5-6 weeks when you can transplant the cutting in a pot filled with a soil mix containing equal parts of compost, manure and river sand. Croton plants can also be propagated by air layering Also from Croton seeds indoors at any time of the year. You can put 3-4 cuttings in different holes in the same pot. Usually get hit with 1-2 a week (mostly people asking for seed or cuttings). Ideally, use rich and moist soil with a pH of between 6 to 6.5, thereabout. pictum) only grow in the warm climates of U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9b or 11 through 12, but their wildly colorful leaves make them stunning container plants, either as houseplants or as accents in the summer garden. As long as they are happy and healthy, why risk potted them up. So did my Red Quill. Cut the lower leaves leaving the growing tips intact. Keep the pot in shade indoors or outdoors. Take a small pot and fill it with equal part of river sand and and peat moss or vermiculite. I have found the extra heat and protection from the elements speeds up the rooting process. In order to attain full, vibrant color, the plant should remain in good light. To propagate a croton plant, use a stem cutting that is 3-4 inches long and has 3 to 5 leaves. That, however, didn't stop me from trying. The propagation of Croton Plant is not a hard task. I’m looking for a source for Fishbone croton. New buds can appear anywhere on the stem. I wish the plants did come true from seed, as I have quite a few self-seeding in my garden right now; like this cultivar called “Purity” shown below. I have a bathroom bay window facing north/ north west where I have plants growing – zz plant , pachira aquatica…etc. So, if people wanted to try that way.. I like my crotons to be bushy, full plants in the landscape. Through the years I have been fortunate enough to test close to 25 different cultivars to the garden. You will see later that this is where the new roots will come from. Here’s how to propagate crotons at home. I really need to get Stoplight. By the way, I did a FL run once 🙂, Thanks for telling me about the form. Thanks for the nice words Antonio. Cut the branch and plant the new rooted branch in a pot filled with soil. Fun for me to read! Thanks Len! Easy to follow instructions,now i will be more confident in going ahead with my plans to propagate the two croton types that have grown really big,Thank you very much! Choose sections four to six inches long, using clean, sterilized shears to snip below a leaf nodule (the bump where leaves emerge from the stem). Propagate them by stem cutting, air layering or, if you're patient, petiole rooting. Sadly, it’s the only one so far of everything I nabbed cuttings from (I work at a conservatory, so we have some pretty neat stuff, and I can basically take all the cuttings I want). If the soil isn’t permeable and retains water for long hours, the roots could begin to rot, and hence, the plant will die in the long run. Remove the pot from the bag and place it in shade for another 8-10 weeks. I put the pot in a polythene bag and tie it at the top to contain the moisture. Recently, thanks to this website, I was able to get a cutting to grow off of it using the water method. Cheers Great reading and info! Remove all the leaves at the bottom and cut all the top leaves into half or less. Hey- I’m trying Pandanus utilis. If they are to be grown for my yard, I will put three new plants into a single 3-gallon pot. After a few months you should have a nice looking plant, with a few growing points, that is ready to be potted up. A tip cuttings is a 3- to 6-inch branch tip taken from an actively growing croton bush. Locally a flowershop has grown Petra for at least 3 years outdoors in the day…back in the shop shed at night. I like the odd leaves on this cultivar. A successful stem cutting will have a bunch of nice, healthy new roots. While not necessary if done in the summer, I place my new cuttings in the greenhouse. Thanks! Some cultivars did in fact prove difficult to grow, some hated the cool winter soils and others just grew too slowly. Any chance it will be back up in the near future? While I have chosen to cut off the tip where the new leaves are, many that propagate this way will keep a few leaves on. Crotons make great gifts, so you might want to propagate a handful to give away as presents. You might look into them..great blooms. You can certainly be more precise then shown here, but I just dip the stem right into the rooting hormone and shack it around. Len,I have an Aphelandra squarosa. The goal is to propagate and add a few more plantings under it to fill out the bush. I do so by wetting down the bottom half of the wood to allow the rooting hormone to stick to it. The next step is to prepare your 5- to 8-inch long cutting for the rooting hormone. This plant below would be my first subject. That's when I discovered not all Crotons are created equally. © 2021 Married To Plants. I actually have another off topic question for you, but your contact form seems to be down. Crotons (scientific name for croton: Codiaeum variegatum) are stunning shrubs that grow to be five to six feet tall. I like to cut just below the green wood were recent growth has taken place. Last year, while attending a Ti Society meeting, a delightful lady in her 80s brought some crotons to the sale. I especially love the ramshorn, and am dying to own one, but I can’t find any for sale and none of my many cuttings have taken. Make the cut just above a bud or leaf joint. There is no shortage of crotons in my yard that I want to propagate and spread throughout the garden. Another yellow and green variety that I like a lot is “Eleanor Fisher.” I needed to propagate this one because I only bought a single stem originally and it doesn’t like to branch. But this is easily corrected with a spray of white oil. If you don't have peat moss or vermiculite, you can try a mix of river sand and potting mix. Is it really necessary? Once sealed, the bags will keep almost all the moisture locked inside, making sure your stem cuttings do not dry out. As long as you keep the humidity up, you should have just as easy of a time as when making cuttings for new Plumeria or Ti Plants. When I started my garden 12 years ago I had no idea that such a colorful and tropical plant as a croton (Codiaeum variegatum) would grow, let alone excel, in Southern California. You could- if you don’t already have- grow Sanchezia. Thanks for sharing. They didn’t like the winter but they both survived and are doing excellent this summer. Below is a great example of one of my successful “Stop Light” cultivar cuttings. Thoughts? Any advice greatly appreciated. Bromeliads are super addicting. Could you elaborate a little more on the watering method and routine you use once your cutting is placed inside of the Ziploc bag? Use tip cuttings to propagate crotons. The coloration is simply stunning, and it adds an exotic touch to your home or garden. This allows you to grow your own plant without having to buy one from the garden center. Remember too, pots will always be better for cool soil sensitive plants like crotons. Don’t want to risk them in ground. There are hundreds of varieties of crotons, so today we’ll highlight a few of my favorites. All Rights Reserved. Up until recently, I believed the best way to propagate a croton was by air-layering. There are so many now who want to try Crotons in Ca or maybe AZ too. This is where Ziploc bags come in. Petra is really slow for me. Place the new croton plant in partly shaded place or filtered sunlight. They have been in the pots at least 10 years,all look healthy and vigorous but was wondering if I should re pot in Spring to “freshen them up” Not many are more colorful in the world. So many plants, so little space. As you know, I love this plant too. My Zanzibars are going to stay in pots. Excellent thread Len. Croton plant. From the photo below you can clearly see how it got the name “Stop Light.”, Since I’m on the subject of showing crotons from my garden that I recently propagated, let me present you with a few more. I have read these are amongst the most cold sensitive of cultivars. You can email me at info@marriedtoplants. All are about 3 foot tall top of pot. Loved this blog–although I can’t grow in garden. After roots have formed, plant in a small pot. Couple of varieties you showcased above are on my list now. Croton Plant Propagation. Select branch tips that have three to five leaves at the top. Air-layering plants is a pain, stem cuttings are much easier. It takes about 4 weeks for a croton cutting to make new roots. The plant is commonly grown as a house plant, and so needs to be repotted from time to time. Have a Croton Petra. 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