Croton ‘Congo’

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$ 60.00
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3-in-1 Moisture Meter

Take the guesswork out of watering and light. Quickly and easily determine your plants water and light levels, along with pH value.

  • No batteries required
  • Easy to read moisture, light, and pH levels with large dial.
  • Perfect for Indoor or Outdoor Plants.
  • How to Use: Simply insert moisture meter 3-4 inches into the soil, toggle switch to test moisture, light, or pH level you would like to measure.
  • Designed only for testing soil. Please be sure to not touch stone or hard rock soil.
  • ***Please note that pH test value cannot be applied to any other liquid than water.

Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

Repotting:
6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Scientific Name: Codiaeum variegatum ‘Congo’

Common Names: Croton ‘Congo’

Overview: The Croton ‘Congo’ stands out as a magnificent specimen in the world of houseplants, showcasing a bold palette of colors and distinctively large, glossy leaves. Originating from the tropical environments of Southeast Asia and Oceania, this variety is celebrated for its robust foliage that beautifully blends deep greens, rich burgundies, and vibrant yellows.

Each leaf of the Croton ‘Congo’ is a work of art, characterized by broad, leathery surfaces that often feature a mix of colors, creating a striking contrast. This plant typically grows to a height of about 2 to 3 feet indoors, making it an ideal choice for adding a touch of the tropics to home or office spaces.

Description

Explore the Colorful Mystique of the Congo

The Croton ‘Congo’ is a strikingly ornamental plant, renowned for its bold and vibrant foliage, making it a popular choice for adding a splash of color to indoor spaces. Originating from the tropical regions of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, this variety of Croton boasts large, leathery leaves that are a tapestry of rich greens, deep purples, and brilliant reds, with veins often highlighted in a contrasting hue.

Typically reaching a moderate height of 2 to 3 feet when grown indoors, the Croton ‘Congo’ adapts well to home environments. It thrives in bright, indirect light, which helps in maintaining the intensity of its leaf colors. The plant prefers a warm and humid atmosphere, mirroring its tropical origins.

Caring for your Croton

The Codiaeum variegatum, commonly known as the Croton plant, is a tropical evergreen shrub that’s revered for its eye-catching, multi-colored foliage. With leaves that boast an array of yellows, reds, greens, and purples, this plant serves as a living piece of art, enhancing the aesthetics of any indoor space. This guide will outline the essential care steps to ensure your Codiaeum variegatum not only survives but thrives.

Light

Light is perhaps the most critical factor affecting the color vibrancy of Codiaeum variegatum leaves. For the most brilliant display, place your plant in bright, indirect sunlight. Too much direct sun can scorch the leaves, while insufficient light will lead to dull, green foliage. If you’re using artificial lights, fluorescent tubes or specialized grow lights work well.

Water

Overwatering or underwatering can quickly become a problem with Codiaeum variegatum. These plants like their soil to be consistently moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Reduce the frequency in winter months when the plant’s growth slows down. Always use well-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes to prevent root rot.

Being a tropical plant, Codiaeum variegatum loves a humid environment. Aim for a humidity level of at least 40-60%. You can increase humidity around the plant using a pebble tray filled with water or a room humidifier. Misting the leaves can also help but do this sparingly to avoid leaf fungal problems.

Fertilization

During the growing season (spring through early fall), fertilize every 6-8 weeks using a balanced, liquid fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. Always water the plant before applying fertilizer to avoid root burn. In the late fall and winter, refrain from fertilizing as the plant goes into a dormant period.

Pruning

Regular pruning helps maintain the shape and size of your Codiaeum variegatum. Prune in the spring before the growing season begins, cutting back any long or leggy stems to encourage bushier growth. Always use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears. You can propagate the cuttings, but be cautious, as the plant’s sap can be irritating to the skin.

Pests and Diseases

Codiaeum variegatum is generally resilient but can be susceptible to common houseplant pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and scale. Inspect your plant regularly and treat infestations early with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so always ensure that your plant has proper drainage.

Repotting

Repot your Codiaeum variegatum every 1-2 years or when you notice that the root system has become cramped. Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one. Use a well-draining potting mix, ideally one formulated for tropical houseplants. Take care to gently loosen the root ball when transferring your plant.

Toxicity

It’s crucial to note that Codiaeum variegatum is toxic to pets when ingested. The plant contains compounds that can cause gastrointestinal distress, so it’s best to keep it out of reach of dogs, cats, and small children.

Additional information

Zone

10a, 11a, 5b, 9b

Sun Exposure

Full Shade, Partial Shade

Mature Height

3 ft – 4 ft

Spacing

2 ft – 3 ft

2 reviews for Croton ‘Congo’

  1. Norman (verified owner)

  2. Richard L Berry (verified owner)

    Quality plant. Arrived with no breakage.

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