Plant Care Codiaeum Variegatum

Codiaeum Variegatum

4.2 out of 5 (209 experiences)

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

About Codiaeum Variegatum

These sparkly specimens are a great choice for anyone looking to light up a room. They require abundant light to maintain their bright colors, and new leaves may loose their sparkle over time in low light so be sure they’re able to soak up the sun! ☀️ All parts of this plant are toxic, so keep them well out of reach of pets and children!


Codiaeum variegatum

Also known as

Gold Dust Croton, Gold Dust Croton, Sun-Spot Croton, Variegated Croton, Bush on Fire Croton, Croton Victoria Gold Bells, croton 'victoria gold bells', Oakleaf Croton, Gold Star Croton and Croton Tamara

How to care for Codiaeum Variegatum


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

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Finding light for Gold Dust Croton in your home

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 🚫.

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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.

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!

Water Needs
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Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Codiaeum Variegatum

Codiaeum Variegatum

Codiaeum Variegatum

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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 Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 90
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 89
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 54
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 34
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 13
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 12
Codiaeum Variegatum has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 11
Honeyharbin avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 3,815 XP

I love the color on these. Mine will dramatically droop letting me know it needs water. Then perks right back up like nothing happened. Always shooting out new growth.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Likelyzebrina avatar
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 333 XP
globe Warwick, RI

it’s been hard to keep
loses a lot of leaves
seemingly delicate and fights to live
very cute, though!!

Browns easily Browns easily
Fabwinika avatar
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 971 XP
globe Aventura, FL

Does well outside even with height Florida humidity !

Survivor Survivor
Fabwinika avatar
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 971 XP
globe Aventura, FL

Does well outside even with height Florida humidity !

Survivor Survivor
Bluebladeliger avatar
leaf-1 112 Plants
xp 4,744 XP

Extremely hardy. Mine has been through a lot and it’s still hanging on. The gold spots on the leaves are really beautiful.

Survivor Survivor
Lowlight avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 455 XP
globe Tulare, CA

This thing is such a baby. Overnight after a few days since watering I’ll wake up to the leaves completely drooling down. After a little water it springs back up within a few hours. I love that it’s a low light thriving plant. As long as you catch those droopy leaves in time and leave it in full/partial shade it will be fine

Survivor Survivor
Dylan1stokes avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,487 XP
globe Witham, England

This is my first croton and I got it 2 days ago when I rescued it with some other plants. I can’t wait to help this one grown and see all the amazing leaves it will produce

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Jaroa avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 472 XP
globe Glen Allen, VA

Don’t know much about this plant except is cute and small at the moment

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Cosmicmother avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 360 XP
globe Spokane, WA

This plant variety seems to be super sensitive to environment and temperatures.

Rachel99 avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 236 XP
globe Middlebury, VT


Browns easily Browns easily
Kmarentette avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 815 XP
globe Boston, MA

She browned and wilted so quickly. I’m still trying to see if revival is possible but with winter coming on soon I’m not very hopeful. She was a beautiful plant when I got her and with a little more research I would love to try again with something similar!

Browns easily Browns easily
Anniembrennan avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 274 XP

I love this plant but a lot of people hate on crotons. I’ve had mine for just over a year and it has been consistently putting out 3-6 new leaves every couple weeks. Beautiful plant!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Caleb avatar
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 4,798 XP
globe Austin, TX

A beautiful plant with lovely variegation, but needs more light than “indirect light” implies.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Kelly avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 210 XP
globe Columbus, OH

This a true DIVA! She attracts all the “Bad Boys”; Spider mites, Fungus gnats, but she keeps going.

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Rinnyk avatar
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 1,571 XP
globe Round Hill, VA

This is my husband’s project. He loves houseplants with colors. Crotons are not in my wheelhouse. Somehow we’ve managed to keep Croter happy/ish. The leaves do brown. But we have kept it watered, fertilized twice with liquid fertilizer and just let this guy be. Beautiful foliage, all the colors of fall… fingers crossed on its survival through winter.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
B_smooth25 avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 566 XP

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 132 XP

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
Jardindekat avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 66 XP
globe Ludlow, England

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Thecre8ivgemini avatar
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 512 XP
globe Richmond, VA

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!

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