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Oak Leaf Croton

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  • Showy, Multi-Colored Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 14 Inches 

Oak Leaf Croton has showy, colorful foliage that resembles oak leaves in autumn, offering dramatic splashes of color. Each leaf's color patterns are unique – ranging in color from yellow, red, orange, and green. The colors can change as the plant ages, and the most vibrant colors happen when Oak Leaf Crotons are placed in bright light. 

Best Locations For Growing Oak Leaf Croton

Crotons are sensitive to cold temperatures, chilly drafts, and insufficient humidity. By controlling these aspects of its environment, as well as providing nutrient-rich soil and plenty of bright light, you will have a healthy, happy plant. Place Oak Leaf in an area of your home that receives 6-8 hours daily of direct sunlight, in temperatures between 60 - 80 degrees F, and humidity levels above 50%. Croton is toxic particularly if ingested by cats, so place it in a spot that is difficult for your pets to access. 

Oak Leaf Croton Sunlight Requirements

Provide bright direct light for 6-8 hours daily. The best placement is in front of a south-facing window. These plants can be moved outdoors in the summer for even more robust growth. Make sure you acclimate them slowly to the brighter sunlight outdoors.

Oak Leaf Croton Care

Oak Leaf Crotons prefer well-draining soil with plenty of organic material added. They respond well to pruning, whether it’s to remove unhealthy portions of the plant, or you want to maintain a specific shape. Prune in the spring, trim above a leaf node, and only trim about 1/3 of the plant’s volume. Wipe the plant leaves off occasionally with a damp clean cloth if dust accumulates. 

Watering Oak Leaf Croton

Oak Leaf Croton likes moist soil but does not tolerate soggy conditions, so only water when you feel the top inch of soil is dry. Give them a good soak, allowing excess water to drain from the bottom of the container. Mist the plant leaves frequently. 

Feeding Oak Leaf Croton

Oak Leaf Croton will do best with the less-is-more fertilizing approach. Every other month, apply a liquid fertilizer with higher nitrogen and potassium levels – select one with a lower middle number such as NPK 3-1-2 or NPK 8-2-10. You may even find yourself switching between two different fertilizers throughout the spring and summer months. We recommend diluting the fertilizer to 1/2 the strength specified on the label to avoid any potential chemical burn to the root system.

Oak Leaf Croton Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect 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
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Height: 14 inches
Mature Spread: 20 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Red
Foliage Description: Oak Shaped Leaves with Green and Red Color Tons
Temperature: Above 60 °F (Above 16 )
Humidity: Average to Above Average (40% - 80%
Common Name: Oak Leaf Croton
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Croton variegatum 'Oak Leaf'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

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.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


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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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