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Hi Jonathan
My croton has green leaves  I have had it 2 months. The problem is at this time of the year (Fall/winter) the lower leaves turn yellow, then fall off and never seems to grow back. The upper part of the plant continues to produce new leaves .
It gets the late afternnon/evening sun and I water it at least one per week or more often
Is this normal at this time of year ??

thank you

Hello Saleh

Crotons need watering every 2-3 days and need a lot of humidity and if they do not get these requirements they will shed their leaves.

They like bright light but not full sun as this will scorch the leaves and dry them out.

At this time of year they may lose a few leaves but only the older ones.

They are difficult to look after as they are fussy but will grow into healthy shrubs with the right treatment.

I hope this helps.


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Jonathan Alderson


I cannot answer questions about difficult and rare houseplants but I can with all the rest of the popular or even uncommon types.


I have grown houseplants for a lot of years and as always, I started off with a cactus and a Chlorophytum. I know all about the growing conditions, watering, feeding, humidity and propagation. I also know about the winter care and the pruning of flowering houseplants and the lighting for the foliage plants. I can also tell people the difference between pot plants and permanent plants and how to keep the pot plants for another season if that is possible for that particular plant.

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I have an NVQ Level 1 in horticulture.

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