Croton Gold Dust (Small Leaves), Codiaeum Variegatum Aucubaefolia- Plant
It is hard not to notice this bushy, upright plant because of the vividly coloured foliage. The Croton house plant, has leaves splashed with green, orange and red with the veins often yellow, depending on the variety.
Common name: Joseph s Coat, garden croton
Height: 6 to 8 feet
Difficulty level: Medium.
Planting & Care
Crotons (Codiaeum variegatum) are tropical plants that grow outdoors and as house plants elsewhere. Growing to a height of 6 to 8 feet and width of 3 to 6 feet, crotons are attractive as a single plant or a grouping and grow well in pots or in the ground.
Their green leaves turn into shades of yellow, red and purple, showing their brightest colours in the sunlight. You can grow cultivars of crotons
Sunlight: Bright light, whether it is natural or artificial light.
Soil: Peat moss based potting mix.
Water: Water the plants when the top of the soil is dry. On especially hot days, you may need to water the crotons twice a day.
Temprature: Should be kept in warm temperatures, with the minimum being approximately 60°F.
Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks from early spring through summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
- It requires high humidity.
- Mist daily if possible.
- Stand the plant on a tray of wet pebbles.
- Croton plants stiff, leathery leaves in bold colours of yellow, pink, red, orange and green make it a beautiful and popular house plant.
This plant has poisonous sap. Don t be afraid of crotons, but take some precautions. Keep croton away from children and pets and wear gloves while handling it.
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