Croton "Mrs Iceton"

Latin name

Codiaeum variegatum ‘Mrs Iceton’

Pronounciation

(“ko-dee-AY-umm ver-ree-GAH-tum”)

Common name

Codiaeum ‘Mrs Iceton

Origin

Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tropical parts of Australia

How easy is it care for?

Croton “Mrs Iceton” is an upright plant with thick leathery leaves that vary widely in colour, shape and size. Typical leaves are shades of yellow, pink and red which may appear in distinctly coloured veins or as spots and blotches. This is a plant from the warm, humid tropics and must be kept in warm conditions (no lower than 15C, otherwise the leaves may turn brown and fall off) Also known as Codiaeum variegatum, this plant can grow up over a metre in height and in the tropics it is often used as a hedge. The variety ‘Mrs Iceton’ has beautiful shades of pastel pink and yellow on its leaves and is certainly eye-catching. The plant has toxic leaves and seeds, and the sap may be irritating. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant

Light

Good light is required to maintain the foliage colour. This plant will tolerate direct sunlight, so is good for heated conservatories

Watering

Keep the soil moist, but not wet. It will tolerate less water during cooler and darker months. It will tolerate dry atmospheres, but does best in slightly more humid conditions. The plant benefiots from misting with tepid water

Pruning

Prune to keep an attractive shape. Removing the top of the plant (or ends of most stems) will encourage branching. Be aware that the sap can be irritating to the skin, especially if exposed to direct sunlight. It is a good idea to wear protective gloves when pruning this plant.

Feeding

Dilute fertilizer should be added to the water at every watering

Pest & Diseases

Prone to mealybugs, scale insects and two-spotted spider mite. Infestations should be physically removed when seen. Mites can be deterred by regular misting of the foliage or by keeping the plant in a humid environment, such as a bathroom or kitchen.

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Henham,
CM22 6AA

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