Dredlocks - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Kathy Baker
Stanfield, OR
Question by hbaker
May 3, 2000
Hi, I am from Stanfield, Oregon and my friend gave me some seeds to plant. They are called dredlocks. Could you please let me know what they look like or how big they get?

Answer from NGA
May 3, 2000


Unfortunately, I am not familiar with a plant commonly called by that name. However, on the outside chance that this is the same plant, I am including the following, copied from out Q&A archive. This would be a tropical plant and grown as a houseplant. I'm sorry I can't be more definite in my answer.

Q. My husband recently bought a spectacular-looking
plant which he says is a native of Jamaica. He thinks it
is called a "Crompton." It looks like it's made of
purple-and-green dredlocks! He would like to keep it
in his office, which gets a lot of flourescent but not a lot
of natural light. Do you have any suggestions for the
care of this beautiful plant?

Jennifer Arlin

A. An educated guess is that your plant is a Croton, a
foliage plant native to Africa. The colorful leaves are the
main attraction to this popular houseplant. In its native
habitat, Crotons can grow to 6 feet tall, but in a warm,
bright, humid indoor area it usually will grow only 1 1/2 - 2
feet tall. Give your plant as much light as possible (an
east-facing window is best), keep it warm (70F degrees is
ideal), water liberally from spring - autumn, but sparingly in
the winter months, and mist the plant frequently to keep the
humidity high. If leaf color fades, the plant isn't getting
enough light. If lower leaves drop, it indicates the conditions
are too dry. Good luck with your new plant!

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