The fun thing about these colorful plants is that they are so easy to root and share. Simply trim a top cutting with six inches or more of stem, remove the old leaves and put it in a flower vase near a window. While enjoying the indoor tropical colors, your new cutting should form roots in 6 weeks or so and will be ready to pot in a a couple months time.
The growth rate of Pie Crust will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. A few leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
When you receive your new Croton, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water and moving it to a shady location, simply water when dry. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new Croton.
Before leaving, Croton plants are inspected, watered, and pruned. Larger plants, generally those that ship in 8″ pots, will be topped to 36″ or 48″ overall, depending on the variety, if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new plants’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Plants are tissue or kraft paper wrapped and generally secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts.