Answer: Codiaeum, or Croton, is a popular house plant because of its vivid foliage colors, and varied leaf shapes. It's a fussy plant, and if you create the right conditions you'll be rewarded with a colorful blush on the leaves. Crotons need fairly constant temperatures (above 60F degrees all year), and relatively high humidity. The soil should be kept moist at all times during the growing season, and it's important to use tepid rather than cold tap water. The plant should be fed every three weeks with a diluted liquid fertilizer when it's growing, but no fertilizer in the winter months. The difficulty with using a time-release fertilizer such as Osmocote is that it will feed the plant all year as the pellets dissolve and Crotons need to rest during the winter months. So, to ensure a healthy, happy plant, keep it warm (above 60F degrees), where it will receive bright light but not direct sunlight, water liberally from spring to autumn but sparingly during the winter months, mist the leaves regularly - daily if possible - to keep the humidity high around the plant, and fertilize only when it's actively growing.
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