Updated: May 16, 2022

Croton plants are known for their vibrant and colorful foliage, making them a popular choice for indoor and outdoor decor. However, there may come a time when you need to transplant your croton plant to a larger pot or to a different location. Transplanting can be a stressful process for plants, so it’s important to choose the right time to ensure your croton plant thrives in its new environment.

Signs that your croton plant needs transplanting

Before we discuss the best time to transplant your croton plant, let’s first identify some signs that indicate it’s time for a change of scenery:

  • The roots are growing out of the pot’s drainage holes
  • The soil dries out quickly after watering
  • The plant is top-heavy and falls over easily
  • The leaves are turning yellow or brown

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to consider transplanting your croton plant.

Best time of year to transplant a croton plant

The best time to transplant your croton plant is in the spring or early summer. During this time, the plant is experiencing active growth and will have an easier time adapting to its new environment. It’s important to wait until after the last frost before transplanting, as cold temperatures can shock the plant and cause damage.

Avoid transplanting during the fall or winter months, as the plant is in a state of dormancy and may not adapt well to its new environment. Additionally, avoid transplanting during periods of extreme heat or drought, as this can cause stress on the plant.

How to transplant a croton plant

Now that you know when to transplant your croton plant, let’s discuss how to do it properly:

  1. Choose a pot that is 2-3 inches larger in diameter than the current pot. Make sure the new pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom.

  2. Fill the new pot with fresh potting soil, leaving enough room for the plant’s root ball.

  3. Gently remove the croton plant from its current pot, being careful not to damage the roots. If the plant is stuck, gently loosen the soil around the edges of the pot.

  4. Place the croton plant in the new pot and fill any remaining space with potting soil. Press down lightly on the soil to ensure the plant is stable.

  5. Water the plant thoroughly and place it in a bright, indirect light location.

How to care for your newly transplanted croton plant

After transplanting your croton plant, it’s important to give it proper care to ensure it thrives in its new environment:

  • Water regularly: Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.
  • Provide proper lighting: Croton plants prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight, as this can scorch their leaves.
  • Fertilize sparingly: Wait at least 6 weeks after transplanting before fertilizing your croton plant. After that, fertilize once a month during the growing season.
  • Monitor for pests: Croton plants can attract pests such as spider mites and mealybugs. Regularly inspect your plant and treat any infestations promptly.

With proper care, your newly transplanted croton plant will thrive in its new environment.


How often should I transplant my croton plant?

Croton plants generally need to be transplanted every 2-3 years. However, if you notice signs that indicate it needs transplanting, such as roots growing out of the drainage holes or drying soil, transplanting may be necessary sooner.

Can I transplant my croton plant during the winter?

It’s best to avoid transplanting your croton plant during the winter, as it is in a state of dormancy and may not adapt well to its new environment. Wait until the spring or early summer when the plant is experiencing active growth.

Why are my croton plant’s leaves turning yellow?

Yellow leaves on a croton plant can indicate a few different issues, such as overwatering, underwatering, low humidity, or nutrient deficiencies. Inspect your plant and adjust its care accordingly to resolve the issue.