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Crotons Love Water.  Not just in soil.  To illuminate: During Miami Beach’s Art Deco heyday, hotel centerpieces and other lavish floral designs frequently, and commonly contained cut crotons in lieu of flowers.  Their interesting leaf shapes and unusual color combinations were irresistible to one retired florist we know.  In order to keep them looking as fresh and perky as their companions in the vase, she recounted having to first immerse the selections in a bathtub full of water for 24 hours to accomplish it.

Crotons  Prefer Palm Fertilizer.  Plants love high-quality palm fertilizers which contain micro nutrients—in short, of the chemically rendered (as contrasted with bio-derived) fertilizers, palm fertilizer is the best money can buy.  Compare it to us taking high-quality, health food brand nutritional supplements versus cheaply-made, poor quality daily vitamins.

Crotons  that live in Containers should be fed only Slow- and Time-Release Fertilizer.  The last 4 letters of these brands usually end in “C-O-T-E.”  Unless so-formulated, regular in-ground products tend to be absorbed too quickly and burn the roots of potted plants.

Croton Fluid or more accurately the Sap Stains especially cotton and other ab-sorbent textiles. Unless sap-drenched, shiny polyester and other petroleum-based clothing often escapes untainted.  Once marked however, nothing on earth will remove the brown stains.  When actively gardening/ working on croton plants, we recommend dressing down in an old, torn, ill-fitting, etc. schmatte ready for the dumpster.  If need be, and crotons are handled gingerly, i.e. nothing so much as a weakly- attached live leaf breaks off and drips on your clothing, you’ll survive the scourge!

Croton Seed (ba dou) is used in Chinese Medicine. Croton seed has pungent and exceedingly toxic properties, and is associated with the Lung, Stomach and Large Intestine meridians, based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. Its main functions are to move cold downward, to transform water, and to resolve phlegm.

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