- Low Maintenance
- Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
- Above Average Watering Needs
- Mature Height 3-8 Feet
This bright, colorful plant is a wonderful and easy-to-care-for addition to the home. Also known as Mamey Croton and Croton Mamey, it boasts shiny, leathery, large, thick leaves that twist, curl and corkscrew as they grow. The leaves display a variety of bright colors including yellow, pink, red and orange.
Best Locations For Growing Mammy Croton
The Mammy Croton is a wonderful addition to any room that receives adequate light. Because it loves high humidity, you can also place it in a bathroom with a window or skylight. Just be careful with children and pets—this plant is highly toxic to humans and animals. The seeds are potentially fatal.
Mammy Croton Sunlight Requirements
Mammy Croton does well in partial shade to full sun. You’ll get the best leaf color by providing it with some direct sun and bright light. A south- or west-facing window with at least two to three hours of direct sun daily is preferred, but make sure to provide some protection from direct sun because this can lead to leaf scorch.
Mammy Croton Care
Crotons need well-draining soil with plenty of humus. You can prune your Mammy to maintain its shape and keep its size under control by cutting the stems back at the base. This plant is susceptible to mealybugs, spider mites and plant scale. Neem oil is a good solution to eradicate these issues.
Watering Mammy Croton
The Mammy Croton is a tropical plant and prefers high humidity, so don’t let your plant dry out. You can set a moist pebble tray or humidifier nearby. The ideal humidity is 40-80 percent.
Regular watering is important, but do not overwater. Keep soil moist but not soggy. Never allow the soil to dry out completely.
Feeding Mammy Croton
Fertilize seasonally in the spring, summer and fall. Do not fertilize in the winter. A good quality granular or liquid fertilizer will do the job.
Mammy Croton Information
|Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light|
|Care Requirements: Easy|
|Watering Requirements: Above Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.|
|Pet Friendly: No|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Air Purifier: High|
|Growth Rate: Slow|
|Mature Height: 3-8 feet|
|Mature Spread: 3-4 feet|
|Flower Color(s): White, Yellow|
|Flower Shade/Description: Yellow and White|
|Foliage Color(s): Brown, Green, Purple, Red, Yellow|
|Foliage Description: Bright Yellow, Red, Green, Purple and Brown|
|Temperature: 60° - 70°F (16° - 21°C)|
|Humidity: Average to Above Average (40% - 80%|
|Common Name: Mammy Croton|
|Scientific Name: Croton variegatum 'Mammy'|
|Plant Type: House Plant|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
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Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
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