The Croton Plant Will Transform Your Garden Or Home Into an Explosion of Color

Plant Type) Houseplant, Shrub

Light Needs) Partial Shade to Full Sun

Height) 4 feet to 8 feet

Width) 3 feet to 6 feet

Grow Zone) 9a — 11

Foliage Color) Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Variegated, And Yellow

Pros) Attractive multi-colored leaves

Cons) Some plant parts are poisonous.

Croton plants can be grown inside the home or planted outdoors if you have favorable climate conditions. In the warmer climate of the South, the croton plant is grown side by side or used as a stand alone ornamental plant.

These colorful leaved plants belong to the Codieaum family. Depending on the species, its leaves can be red, yellow and green. Reaching 6-8 inches in length, they point upwards and look and feel as if coated in wax. Common varieties include Croton Petra and Croton Mammy.

Caring for the Croton

Adequate lighting is important to the croton. Whether grown indoors or outside, place the croton where it receives bright light a minimum of 3 hours a day. Inadequate lighting will cause its vibrant colors to fade.

The croton will do best when provided plenty of water and occasional misting. The soil or pot used to grow the plant should be well drained. Do not allow the plant to stay in saturated soil for long, as this can lead to some fungal diseases.

Ideally you want to keep the croton warm, which is around 80 degrees F. When grown in warm, sunny locations you’ll find the croton colors and foliage sparkle with life.

This lovely shurb is relatively easy to grow and has few pest or disease problems. The plant can recover from a hard freeze, although it many take many months to do so.

Garden Waste Recycling – What to Do With Your Green Waste Surplus?

Every home gardener or commercial gardener knows how hard it sometimes can be to compost all garden waste materials that have accumulated over a season or even years.

Especially in New Zealand it is hard to keep up with home composting in urban areas like Auckland as plants grow 365 days a year and the garden waste just will take up useful space on your property.

So, what can we do if we have an excess in garden waste without necessarily dumping it into our landfills and cause environmentally harm?

Actually mentioning the latter, a lot of organic waste gets thrown away in precious landfill sites. This can lead to running out of landfill space in the future.

Another worry is the fact that green waste does not compost naturally in landfill sites, for the reason not being piled up in a proper compost heap, instead the green waste materials are often trapped in plastic bags. That leads to a release of e.g. methane gas and other noxious gases which can have a negative effect on our environment in too high concentrations.

To prevent the issue of organic waste getting “wasted” on our landfill sites, it is wiser to recycle garden rubbish professionally on bigger composting sites that have the equipment to deal with huge amounts of green waste. On these special sites garden debris gets processed naturally and it turns into nutrient rich compost. Nothing will be wasted on landfill sites; everything is recycled and can be reused as a great garden product.

If you have a surplus of organic debris in your home garden or you are dealing with garden waste commercially you can always get a local garden waste collection company to pick up your green waste.

They will provide you with a green wheelie bin (often of 240 l volume) or a garden bag (in different sizes) or even skip bins (often measured in m3 capacities as a one off garden waste removal) to fill up for collection.

The green waste collection service will then bring the load to an approved composting site in your area, where everything gets processed in an environmentally friendly way.

Another good thing about green waste recycling is that it does not cost the earth, literally.

You can always search on the internet for green waste collection companies in your area by using the following keyword examples: garden bins [your town/city], garden bags [your town/city], green waste collection service, garden waste removal.

Homeschooling and Gardening – What Your Child Can Learn and Grow in a Garden

The experience of growing a garden can help home school students learn a great deal. A garden can be very rewarding and also very frustrating. Growing a successful garden doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some things that your home school student can learn from working on a garden:

1. Practical demonstration of how plants grow – You can read all you want about plant cycles in a textbook, but until you see it happen before your eyes, it doesn’t always make sense. Maintaining a garden shows children how a seed grows into a plant and how weeds grow right along with plants. They see a demonstration of how weeds can choke out a plant if they are not properly cared for.

2. Problem solving skills – When your plant doesn’t grow or you see holes or bugs all over your plants, you need to figure out what to do. This might cause motivation for further research on how to take care of the problem.

3. Growing plants can take some patience and perseverance – Sometimes it’s hard to wait for that seed to pop out of the ground or for the fruit to appear on their plant. Sometimes those pesky weeds keep coming up and need to be pulled and pulled again. Sometimes you need to keep tending to the plant that gets bugs or diseased. Regular maintenance of weeds is required to have a successful garden.

4. Gardening can be good therapy – After working hard and maintaining a garden it can be a wonderful experience to just go out in your garden and walk around to look at the plants and the wonders of God’s creation.

5. Multiple grades can benefit – A two year old and a 100 year old person can learn from and enjoy a garden. A small child can help plant and cover seeds over with dirt along with picking a few weeds. An older child can pick quite a few more weeds and learn about how the flower turns into the harvest. All ages can help with harvesting and processing the food that was harvested.

Even children living in a city can benefit from gardening. All you need is some dirt, a seed, water and sunlight. Try some easy plants first like: carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, beans, lettuce, and many more. Sometimes maintaining a garden can teach your child much more than they would ever learn from a book. There are many benefits for both parent and student.