THE AGRONOMIST ANSWERS ON HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR PLANTS
MY CROTON PLANT IS NOT GROWING AS I WANT
QUESTION OF MIRKO
I have had a Croton plant for about 1 year and it is about 40cm tall.
I keep it in my office in a place where it receives indirect light, as well as artificial light.
Watering is fairly regular and not exaggerated (so that water never remains in the saucer).
Despite the fertilizations (about every 15/20 days) with nitrogen fertilizer, I notice that the plant does not grow much and it seems a bit strange to me because, from what I have read, this should be a rather growing plant. rapid.
Consider that since I bought it, the plant has only generated 2 new leaf antlers.
I wanted to know if there is a way to facilitate the growth of this plant.
The leaves it has generated are in good condition, turgid and colored, so I don't think the plant is suffering. Do you think it is appropriate to move it outside for part of the day?
Thank you very much, Mirko. (August)
based on the things you write I don't think your croton isn't growing as it should. If you think about it, it has been with you for only one growing season having bought it about a year ago so two stages of new leaves are not few.
There are ways to accelerate the growth of plants but I do not recommend them because in the home environment the conditions to be able to implement them cannot exist. If the plant is fine, the leaves are well colored and turgid, leave it where it is and continue to care for it as you are doing. The tuocroton is growing well, don't force mother nature beyond its potential.
If you have any doubts, write me again.
Dr. M.G. Davoli