Houseplant 911- Croton Addition

I fancy myself to have quite the green thumb- even tho I don’t have a lot of space or natural light in my house.

And let’s face it, some of us got caught up in the excitement of new houseplants last year without learning enough about them to keep them happy healthy and thriving. So now we got some work to do.

I got this super tall gold dust croton off etsy about 8 months ago- and it didn’t take the transition well. It lost almost all its leaves but it has now grown a lot back after finally getting used to the climate.

The short pot I got from a grocery store thinking it was one short bushy plant buuuuut nooooooooo. It started losing leaves (that transition period again) and I saw it was not one, not two but THREE individual plants in a small amount of dirt.

The before pictures and the new home

Crotons are beautiful semi tropical plants that grow oblong spotted leaves. As a freckled person, I gravitate towards other speckled things naturally

Separating the smaller pot
Replanting them all in a very large vase planter
Happy me, happy plants, I hope.

I used Stonington Blend from Coast of Maine Soils. Hopefully I’ll have a beautiful update to post in a few months. Meanwhile I’m going to read up more on croton care and get ready for my next plant 911.

Until next time, have a wicked good day!


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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