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Nov 29, 2021 3:50 PM CST
San Angelo, Texas
I purchased them last spring and they took off outside. The leaves would wilt a little but I watered them every day. They would always perk up. I took them into my garage for the winter because it gets too cold for them in Texas. I have a bright light that I turn on all day and off a night. I water about 1-2 times per week. Here's my question the leaves are turning upside down and twisting around. I don't know why because they seemed very happy until recently. Has anyone else see this happen? Some of the smaller ones are miss shaped.

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Dec 2, 2021 11:22 AM CST
Name: brenda reith
pennsauken, nj (Zone 7a)
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Maybe the lighting isn't bright enough. perhaps invest in a grow light? and daily misting is important. i don't grow there plants but I think they're beautiful.
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Dec 2, 2021 11:26 AM CST
Name: cheapskate gardener
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Misting isn't important. A humidity tray or humidity dome is. And wash off the leaves periodically. If they are inside plants, I just put them in the shower for a gentle simulated rain.
I have found that coffee, tea, and rose can all agree on one thing... water everyday.
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Dec 2, 2021 11:58 AM CST
Name: brenda reith
pennsauken, nj (Zone 7a)
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I disagree. everyone I've known to have happy crotons said that the misting was important. if it were me I'd forget to check the dome of the humidity tray. just saying.
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Dec 2, 2021 2:36 PM CST
Name: Ricardo
New Jersey (Zone 7b)
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How cold does the garage get? Crotons are very tropical.
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Dec 3, 2021 1:13 PM CST
Name: Peggy
Temple, TX (Zone 8b)
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Welcome! to the foruoms, @cillajones. I used to grow a couple gorgeous potted crotons. Sadly they died in the horrid freeze inside our winter-unheated recreational cabin in Central TX last February. They are not cold hardy below 40ยบ.
I lost 6 of them being stupid and planting them outside and not protecting them 6 years ago. Now I know to keep them in large pots anbd bring them inside my city house for winter. They thrived sitting in a sunny window for me. Direct sun hit them about 3 hours a day. The sunshine is what causes leaves to get orange and red. Without enough sun, they stay green and yellow pretty much.

Then in spring, I set them out on the front sidewalk where they got bright light most of the day and 3 hours direct sun (only in the mornings). Texas afternoon direct sun will cook a croton, in my experience.

Your plants look like they need more water. I never let mine get as dry as yours appear to be in the photos. I made sure they were damp at all times else they would lose leaves to "dry, thin, crispy leaf syndrome", I call it. I haven't replaced the 2 that died last February, but here's what 3 hours direct sunlight and bright light rest of the day got me in Temple:
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I miss my crotons and will be replacing them this year. Have been devoting most of my 2021 garden time to replacing outdoor dead trees/shrubs that bit the dust in February.
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