Weeping Crotons - Knowledgebase Question

Port St. Lucie, Fl
Question by sharonlbanks
July 26, 2009
I was under the impression that Crotons were drought resistance but when it gets hot and dry they appear like they are dying. Am I wrong on this assumption?


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Answer from NGA
July 26, 2009

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Well established and mature plants can be somewhat drought tolerant because their roots are generally deep, but young plants need to be watered regularly. Crotons have one of the highest transpiration rates of commonly grown foliage plants and require frequent irrigations. Slight wilting of young foliage does not slow growth rate and thus should be used as a guide to watering. One inch of water per week will usually be adequate for bed-grown plants, while daily applications may be necessary for container-grown plants during certain times of the year. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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