I’m very drawn to crotons as houseplants, and I’ve managed to kill at least a dozen of them. When the condition of my NYC apartment is compared to their growing conditions on Maui, I can see why. They like bright sun, which I can offer them, but they also like cool nights, which I can’t.
I have a small croton growing right now in my apartment and if it doesn’t miss my tender loving care too much, it might even still be alive when I return in a few weeks, but it’s nothing compared to the large shrubs I see growing in many parts of Maui.
What fascinates me about crotons is the immense variety of leaf color and shape. There are even spiral leaves. Crotons seem like happy plants, but then again, most plants in Maui seem pretty pleased to be here. I sometimes think that if I stuck my hand into this rich volanic soil, it would sprout more fingers or grow some leaves.