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Shrub Varieties

Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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croton is a shrub with colorful foliage
Photo 1 of 6Shrub with foliage in green, yellow pink and red and racemes of yellow flowers in summer.

Croton (1 of 6)

Plant in bright to partial shade.
Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; do not allow soil to dry completely.
Prefers warm temperatures from 60-85 degrees and high humidity.
Fertilize monthly during growing season.
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 4-8 feet
Patio or Houseplant in zones 2-9
Hardy in USDA zones 10-11:
Zones 2-9: Container grow plant and keep indoors or in heated greenhouse; move outside when temperatures remain above 60 degrees; place by bright window with high humidity or mist daily during cold weather.
Zone 10: Plant in spring in partial shade protected from hot sun; mulch to conserve moisture; do not allow soil to dry completely; water moderately during winter months; prune in early spring, if needed.
Zone 11: Plant in spring in partial shade protected from hot sun; mulch to conserve moisture; do not allow soil to dry completely; water moderately during winter months; prune in early spring, if needed.

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