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Care of croton petra plant
Treatment of a petra or a petracao plant begins in the nursery, while preparing the soil and water for the new plant. Once in the nursery, the petra is kept moist but not wet. As the plant is transplanted to the garden, the stem should be cut about 2 inches above ground. Then, the crown is laid out on its side to drain the soil and let the excess water drain off. It is important that the plant's roots are not wet when it is in the garden. When the soil dries to an even texture, the crown should be turned upright so that the roots can get a better hold. In the garden, the crown should be slightly lower than the soil, so that water can drain off from the crown and the roots. The area around the plant should be watered just enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy. This helps ensure that the root system is healthy and develops correctly.
Croton roots are quite easy to transplant. A petra plant can be transplanted directly to a pot or directly to the garden. Once the crown is established, there should be no need to fertilize it, as its roots develop normally. Once established, it can be left to grow in a semi-shade environment.
Once established in the garden, it is recommended that the waterings should be infrequent and that most of the watering should be done when the soil is dry. This is very important in order to keep the crowns healthy. Fertilizer is usually recommended when the plant starts to show signs of stress.
Planting the plant, once the crowns have been established, is straightforward. Once the soil is firm, the plants are transplanted. The plant should be planted about 1 inch deep. The plant's roots should be spread over a wider area than normal. This will allow for a greater connection with the soil.
Croton is hardy in Zone 8 and can be grown all year round. The plant may need to be watered during dry spells in the winter. This can be done by misting the crowns regularly. If the crowns start to show signs of stress, they can be fed with half strength fertilizer twice a month. The plants can be kept healthy during summer by watering with plenty of water.
Croton can be grown in both acidic and alkaline soil. It does well in average to slightly alkaline soils. The amount of fertilizer the plant needs depends on the strength of the soil. The plants can be given half strength fertilizer during the summer. Once established, they need to be given full strength fertilizer during the winter months. The plant's crowns need to be mulched heavily to help retain moisture and maintain good growth.
They can be damaged by strong winds as they have broad leaves. The plant's crowns can be protected by using a windbreak.
The plant is very hardy and can be grown in an average or alkaline soil. It can be used as a potted plant.
Propagation of the plant can be done by taking cuttings. The plant should be cut back about half way from the bottom of the plant's crown, then placed in a glass of warm water. If they are kept for a few days in the water, the roots will start to sprout. Once the roots have begun to develop, the cuttings should be taken out of the water. The cuttings can then be transplanted into small pots filled with potting mix.
The plant's seeds should be put in pots filled with potting mix. It should be watered gently until the soil has settled and the pots are ready to be planted. The pots can be kept in a warm place and watered twice a week. Once the seeds start to germinate, they should be watered regularly until the seedlings are well established.
Once they have germinated, they should be potted and placed in a greenhouse for the winter.
Category:Flora of Australia
Category:Plants described in 1759