Mummy Croton or Codiaeum variegatum “Mummy” is a variety of croton and a standard landscape plant in California and Florida. This indoor house plant pot is a colored green, gold, orange, and brown leaves plant. This specimen is a well-known variety of the Croton Codiaeum Variegatum.
Croton Grades from A to Z, we will see Croton varieties, Croton is a beautiful houseplant, also Croton plants prefer full sun, but depending on the species, some can tolerate partial shade.
There are several hundred selected croton varieties that come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Depending on the variety, the leaves can have different shapes, variegated pink, yellow, purple, orange, etc. Even the color pattern can vary depending on the variety.
They come in a variety of sizes – the usual croton height is 3 to 8 feet. There are many small shrubs that can be kept taller than 3 feet, such as Mummy, one of the smallest crotons. It can be easily maintained between 2 and 2.5 feet high. Smaller varieties should be planted 2 feet apart, larger varieties 2–3 feet apart.
Depending on its characteristics, croton can make an excellent accent houseplant, container plant, hedge, and tub pattern. You can plant different varieties together for a variety of terrain and texture combinations. Plant them along a fence, under palms or trees, or use them as a privacy screen – there are really many ideas on how to enrich your backyard with crotons.
Some of the popular Croton varieties: America, Angel Wings, Andreanum, Angel Wings, Captain Kidd, Caribbean Star, Danny Boy, Dark Ruler, Eye, Franklin Roosevelt, Indian Rina, Irene Kingsley, Kentucky, Mona Lisa, Nestor, Punctatum, Red Rheedii , Sanderi, Shirley Temple, The Ramshorn, Tiger, Twist and Point, Undulatum, Vera, etc.
Mammy Croton Care
These slow growing bushes require little or no maintenance. Follow these guidelines to keep crotons alive, healthy, and vibrant.
Air temperature and humidity:
Crotons are native to warm climates and are therefore suitable for hardiness zones 9-15 US. They can only be grown outdoors in regions where air temperatures typically do not drop below 50 ° F at night and around 60 ° F during the day. They are usually grown as indoor plants in colder climates.
Although the plant shows its best colors in cold weather, very cold or very hot places are not suitable for this plant. Temperature shift and cold air can cause leaf loss. Crotons are not hardy.
These plants also prefer places with higher humidity, so be sure to provide them with 40-80% humidity.
The abundance of sun will allow the plant to retain its vibrant and vibrant colors. Place it in a sunny, bright location, perhaps near a west or south window. But keep in mind that crotons should be shaded during the hottest part of the day, as too much sun can discolor their leaves.
Soil and fertilizers:
Crotons tolerate well all types of soil: acidic, neutral or alkaline, but a well-drained soil is required. You can fertilize the soil with high-quality granular fertilizer 3 times a year – once in spring, summer and autumn.
Water regularly and don’t let the soil dry out. While crotons like slightly damp soil, they don’t like wet feet. Too much water can darken the edges of the leaves.
Prune from time to time to control the size of the plant and give it the desired shape. Don’t cut the leaves, just cut the stems.
Spider mites are most common but can be easily killed with acaricide.
Watch the video how to care for crotons
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Propagating croton by cuttings is perhaps the easiest way to propagate croton. This method also allows us to obtain a large number of new croton plants, since we can turn it into many new plants from one stem. Croton propagation by cuttings is also very effective, as the success rate of this method is very high if done correctly. For experienced gardeners, it can achieve nearly 100% success rates. In our previous video we showed you how to propagate croton by cuttings with soil as a nutrient medium, and in this video we use water as a nutrient medium. Here are the hardware and distribution steps.
1. Croton plant stem
3. Capacity for water.
4. Clean water (as a nutrient medium).
For successful croton breeding, follow these steps:
1. Get healthy croton stems from your garden.
2. Remove all leaves from the stem.
3. Make slices 6-10 inches.
4. Remove the stem skin from the lower edges of the cuttings.
5. Place them in a water container.
6. Fill the container with clean water.
7. Place the container in a shaded area until the roots and leaves of the croton grow well.
8. New croton plants, ready to be planted in another nutrient medium.
These are a few simple steps to propagate croton by cuttings in water.
Propagating one of the most common tropical foliage plants grown in every household the garden Croton. This is primarily grown for its shade-loving properties and at the same time, it also adds color to an otherwise dull and predominantly green-shaped garden. This is a native of Malaysia Australia Indonesia etc. It grows extensively in forests under canopies of large trees.
So let’s get to the topic of the propagation of this planet. For this, you can take a cutting at the lower part of this plant.
Make sure the secretary lized with isopropyl alcohol to avoid spreading of diseases. Now after you have taken a cutting remove most of the lower leaves and you can leave three or four leaves intact.
Further to avoid loss of water through transpiration you can reduce the surface area of the leaves by cutting it into half.
Now add the cutting into a container filled with either well-draining soil with some sand and compost or any other potting medium.
If you just have garden soil that will also do because this plant is not a very fussy plant. But adding well-draining mix like sand will always help any plan for that matter.
Now place the plant on the edge of the container. Doing this also helps with avoiding water loss. Any propagation you do in soil this method can be followed. Keep it in a shaded area and water every day.
Propagation can be done in warm season, not in winter.
After a month and a half you will find new leaves on the plant. And if you remove the plant from the soil and see you will notice white thick roots like this. This is one of the most easiest plants to grow from cuttings with a very high success rate.
Now to replant this into another container.
You need a container that is bigger than the previous one. Add drainage materials at the bottom for the potting mix you can use it’s an 30 % compost and 40% it’s soil or coco peat. The extra amount of soil or cuckoo peat is necessary for water retention.
Now add the plant and backfill and add water immediately.
Now to fertilize the plant use 2 or 3 drops of seaweed solution which is rich in nitrogen in 1 or 2 liters of water and add it into the soil.
Keep this in a shaded location where it would receive the morning sunlight. Make sure you provide this ample protection from the afternoon harsh sunlight.
A lot of you try growing this indoors but you might have noticed that the plant may not survive for long. That is because this prefers an area where it gets lured of air circulation bright in direct sunlight. So a balcony facing the east, west, or south will be the most ideal place to grow this warmth-loving tropical plant.
But if you are hell-bent on growing this indoors you can grow this near an open window facing a brighter south or west location. It is a very thirsty plan so watering must be consistent but if the soil becomes too wet and especially if it is grown indoors then you might get mealy bugs which are one of the most common pests found on the garden Croton.
How to get rid of mealy bugs
To get rid of mealy bugs you can use neem oil pesticide which comprises of cooking soda neem oil and dishwashing soap. Add half a liter of the solution in spraying can like this and then add three or two liters of water.
Shake the sprayer and pump it up to induce vacuum. So you would have seen this small nozzle on the side here this is 2 move extra air out of the spray.
Now, apply this concoction on the affected area thrice every week during the evening times until you see a drastic reduction in their numbers. After that, you can reduce spraying it to once a week. Till you see no signs of these horrible pests.
Are Mammy Croton crotons toxic?
Although croton is a common houseplant, it should be handled with great care. The sap of the plant is very toxic, as it contains oil, which has a potent laxative and irritating effect. There are even suspicions that the oil is a carcinogen.
All parts of the plant – leaves, stems, flowers and root – are poisonous if swallowed. But swallowing is usually not fatal. Some of the common symptoms of poisoning are nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Contact with plant sap can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. In some people, handling the plant can cause cutaneous eczema. Be sure to wear gloves when handling it.
Do not allow children to touch crotons as they have been fatally poisoned by toxic croton seeds. It may be best to avoid exotic, dangerous plants until the children are old.
It is also dangerous for pets such as dogs or cats. If your pet has eaten Croton, contact your veterinarian or poison control center immediately.