indoor Croton variegatum outside for summer?

conuremama(6)June 1, 2013

So last year i acquired my very first Croton...it didn't do to well till about 4-6 months ago when i when i found a spot it really loves. Recently my land lord returned and moved a big ugly van right in front of my plants window...growth has slowed since then....I'm wondering if i can place my plant outside during the day over this summer until my landlord leaves again.

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Will07(5)

As long as its nice and warm out you can leave it out all summer. Just don't place it in full sun right away.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 11:15AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

That's a pretty one! Allowing water to sit in the drip saucer like that could cause root rot to your plant.

I'm surprised there aren't more anecdotes here by now, there's got to be lots of these out there... I haven't had one since the 90's...

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 10:54AM
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Oakley

I've never put mine outdoors before because it gets so stinking hot here.

I keep it in the same spot all year. In the winter it gets direct sunlight all day and it grows like crazy. In the summer, it's the opposite and it grows a little bit but seems happy.

What I do know is these plants love water. Mine has sat in puddled water before (every time I water, lol) and it just sucks it up. So if you put it outside in the heat, you'll have to water often.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 2:13PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

It's a tropical plant, so heat and humidity are its' milieu. Watering often is perfect for having healthy plants, and this one's known for being quite thirsty.

Oakley, if your plants' growth slows during the summer when it's not getting as much light, more light during that time could help it continue growing more quickly then also.

Here's a great article about container soils, and how roots can react to different situations.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 3:05PM
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