Oakleaf Croton, aka Codiaeum variegatum ‘Oak Leaf’, is very similar to its sister plant, the Croton Petra, being a beautiful tropical houseplant with very strong variegation and veining on its leaves. The Oakleaf, however, exhibits tri-lobed leaves in shades of vibrant burgundies, reds, greens, oranges, and yellows. With heat, humidity, and sunlight, the colours will stay strong all summer long.
They enjoy some direct sun, but they'll also do well in bright, indirect light. It is best to place this plant somewhere where it will receive some nice morning sun, or a couple hours of afternoon sun, and then indirect light the rest of the day.
They will thrive in bright light, but also can tolerate medium light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. They can be placed anywhere between the middle of the room and the window. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They like the soil to be relatively dry before the next watering. That usually takes about 2 weeks in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but for them, it's always safer to underwater or water when you see signs of lack of water (i.e. droopy, floppy, or soft leaves). Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
They like a high humidity environment, give them a mist daily or as often as possible. Alternatively, you can put them around a humidifier. Although they won't die if they don't receive enough humidity, their leaves may have some dry, crunchy, or yellow edges.
Fertilize your croton about once per week with a 3-1-2 liquid fertilizer during the growing season. They are a slow grower, even in bright light and proper conditions, so if your plant is in a lower light space it will grow very slowly. Avoid pruning them too much when they are at the peak of their growing season.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.