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4" Croton Mammy

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Croton Mammy (Codiaeum variegatum 'Mammy') is a vibrant and colorful cultivar of Croton known for its striking foliage. Here are care instructions specifically tailored for Croton Mammy:

1. Light: Croton Mammy thrives in bright, indirect light. It prefers at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day to maintain its vibrant colors. Place it near a south or west-facing window where it can receive filtered sunlight throughout the day. Insufficient light can cause the colors to fade and growth to slow down.

2. Temperature: Keep your Croton Mammy in warm room temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). It is sensitive to cold drafts and temperatures below 60°F (15°C), so protect it from sudden temperature fluctuations and chilly air.

3. Humidity: Croton Mammy prefers high humidity. Regularly mist the leaves or use a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles to increase humidity levels around the plant. A room humidifier can also help maintain adequate moisture, especially in dry indoor environments.

4. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist during the growing season (spring and summer). Water thoroughly when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry to the touch. Reduce watering in winter, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Avoid waterlogging, as Crotons are susceptible to root rot.

5. Soil: Plant Croton Mammy in a well-draining potting mix that retains moisture but allows excess water to drain freely. A mix formulated for tropical plants or a combination of potting soil, perlite, and peat moss works well. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water accumulation.

6. Fertilizing: Feed your Croton Mammy every 4-6 weeks during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength. Reduce fertilization in fall and winter when growth slows down. Over-fertilization can lead to leaf burn, so it's essential to follow recommended dosage.

7. Pruning: Regularly prune your Croton Mammy to maintain its shape and promote bushy growth. Remove any leggy or yellowing leaves with clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears. Wear gloves, as the sap of Crotons can be irritating to the skin.

8. Pests: Monitor your plant for common pests such as spider mites, aphids, or mealybugs. Inspect the undersides of leaves and along stems regularly. Treat any pest infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

9. Leaf Care: Croton Mammy leaves are dust magnets. Wipe them gently with a damp cloth or sponge periodically to keep them clean and allow the plant to absorb light efficiently.

10. Potting: Repot your Croton Mammy every 1-2 years in spring if it outgrows its pot. Choose a slightly larger pot with good drainage and fresh potting mix. Repotting helps refresh the soil and provides more space for root growth.

By following these care instructions, you can enjoy growing and caring for your Croton Mammy, admired for its vibrant foliage and dramatic presence, as a beautiful addition to your indoor plant collection.

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