Plant Care Codiaeum Variegatum
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Codiaeum Variegatum

4.2 out of 5 (173 experiences)

Codiaeum Variegatum has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Gold Dust Croton, Gold Dust Croton, Sun-Spot Croton, Croton Mammy, Picasso's Paintbrush, Sunny star croton, Garden Croton, 'Magnificent', Banana Croton, Variegated Croton, Bush on fire Croton, Zanzibar Croton and Luna croton

Taxonomy

Codiaeum variegatum
Codiaeum
Euphorbiaceae
Malpighiales

How to care for Codiaeum Variegatum

Water

How often to water your Codiaeum Variegatum

Water needs for Codiaeum Variegatum
0.5 cups
every 9

Codiaeum Variegatum needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Codiaeum Variegatum

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Light needs and placement for plant Codiaeum Variegatum: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Codiaeum Variegatum love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Codiaeum Variegatum does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Codiaeum Variegatum in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Codiaeum Variegatum

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Codiaeum Variegatum: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Codiaeum Variegatum after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Codiaeum Variegatum is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Care Summary for Codiaeum Variegatum

Codiaeum Variegatum

Codiaeum Variegatum


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Codiaeum Variegatum has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 73
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 70
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 50
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 26
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 10
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 7
B_smooth25 avatar
@B_smooth25
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 144 XP
10/06/2021

I got this plant about 2 weeks ago. It seems to like direct & indirect sun. Keep the soil moist. Spray the leaves for humidity and you’ll be good

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Mama_nature avatar
@Mama_nature
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 106 XP
10/03/2021

Beautiful and full of colour! Our croton flowered slightly earlier than the average which was really cool. Opens up so much in direct sun too.
But try not to get any of the sap on your hands or pets, can be very nasty!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Jenlcolon0825 avatar
@Jenlcolon0825
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 354 XP
globe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10/02/2021

Gorgeous plant that is actually a mix with Ivy. Was a steal at Trader Joe’s

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Jardindekat avatar
@Jardindekat
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 66 XP
globe Ludlow, England
09/12/2021

Gets on with it and hasn’t died on me!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Thecre8ivgemini avatar
@Thecre8ivgemini
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 512 XP
globe Richmond, Virginia
09/10/2021

This baby just died so quickly on me. It got root rot SO easily and so quickly there was no saving it. What’s left of it is in water trying to grow stronger roots, but it is just a white stick with no leaves. One of the most concerning plant deaths as I just don’t know how I went wrong! Be wary and experienced with this one!

Kmhsrb1988 avatar
@Kmhsrb1988
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 487 XP
09/04/2021

We have forgotten to water this thing many times and it still looks amazing… in fact it looks better now than when we bought it. We left it outside for the summer months and just brought it in last week and it seems to be doing great in here, too. We have it in our living room where we have a large window and the sun comes up on this side and sets on the other side of the house. We have a blind (typically open but 1/2) over the window so it isn’t in direct light and it is more than 3 ft away from it.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Asia avatar
@Asia
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 359 XP
08/31/2021

This plant is not pet friendly AT ALL. It is very toxic to animals and even humans, you should use gloves while tending to the leaves or wash hands immediately after. I had no idea until my pig ate half a leaf which forced me to research. I got mine second hand and it had tons of fungus gnats. Very beautiful plant with exotic leaves that catch the eye, i just didn’t have the best experience unfortunately:(

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Liibby avatar
@Liibby
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 451 XP
08/20/2021

I put this baby outside and it died

J0rd4n avatar
@J0rd4n
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 72 XP
08/09/2021

good plant, doesnt need much water

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Tatianamoss avatar
@Tatianamoss
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 3,097 XP
globe Denver, Colorado
08/07/2021

Oof. I am not good with Crotons! He was beautiful and lush when I got him and he’s slowly started to deteriorate. I’ve moved him to different spots so he could get more sun and bright indirect light, I’ve tried watering him less and then watering him more…he’s just an unhappy camper so I put him outside. I can’t do anything right with him.

Browns easily Browns easily
Ren990 avatar
@Ren990
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 127 XP
globe Boston, Massachusetts
07/29/2021

Crotons are very sensitive to movement- I brought mine home from the store ans it lost all its leaves and took about a month to start regrowing them

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Kristygoldblatt avatar
@Kristygoldblatt
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 5,674 XP
globe Oliver Springs, Tennessee
07/27/2021

Beautiful colors and easy to take care of. They need bright light in order to survive and get the beautiful colors they produce.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Cat_aholic avatar
@Cat_aholic
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 1,193 XP
globe Tyler, Texas
07/24/2021

I like this plant a lot but make sure to bottom water it because I have ran into a lot of problems when it comes to top watering like white mildew around the stocks which really stunted the growth

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Jitzie avatar
@Jitzie
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 779 XP
07/21/2021

I... Absolutely demolished this poor plant. I'm definitely going to try again. It is definitely a survivor given how long it lived despite the fact that I continuously mucked it up.

Survivor Survivor
Byrdt80 avatar
@Byrdt80
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 537 XP
globe St. Louis, Missouri
07/16/2021

This plant is easy and a shear joy.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Mary avatar
@Mary
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 194 XP
07/14/2021

Caladiums like their soil moist and mostly sunny.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Brandy avatar
@Brandy
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 3,321 XP
globe Pike, New York
07/12/2021

I love Joe’s colors! I see two new green leaves growing. I wonder what color they will turn?

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Poptart76 avatar
@Poptart76
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 963 XP
07/08/2021

Beautiful and loves the sun

Fast grower Fast grower
Mikaela.s avatar
@Mikaela.s
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 458 XP
06/30/2021

Honestly, finding that I’m not a huge fan of crotons in general…

Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Kat avatar
@Kat
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 80 XP
globe Los Angeles, California
06/30/2021

very resilient and easy to care for! makes lots of leaves for a super full happy plant and doesn’t need direct sunlight.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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