Plant Care Gold Dust Croton
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Gold Dust Croton

4.2 out of 5 (163 experiences)

Gold Dust Croton has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Gold Dust Croton has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

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

What other plant parents say

Gold Dust Croton has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 68
Gold Dust Croton has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 65
Gold Dust Croton has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 45
Gold Dust Croton has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 25
Gold Dust Croton has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
Gold Dust Croton has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 7
Gold Dust Croton has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 7
Gold Dust Croton has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 6
Kmhsrb1988 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Trixie by Kmhsrb1988 on Greg, the plant care app
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 w…

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Agatha avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Crotte by Agatha on Greg, the plant care app
04/24/2021

Crotons are such a struggle for me. I have already had one loose all leaves and die. I kept this one alive for a year, it was small, and slowly but surely dropped all its leaves until it only had th…

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Asia avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Starr by Asia on Greg, the plant care app
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 h…

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@Bbeauties
Castle Rock, Colorado
Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Gnatie by Bbeauties on Greg, the plant care app
06/09/2021

I purchased this from a second hand seller. Not thinking about it, I placed the plant in the car and immediately noticed Fungus Gnats! Tons of them!!! After letting the soil dry out, I repotted him …

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@Vicc
San Francisco, California
Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Sunbeam by Vicc on Greg, the plant care app
06/10/2021

This is a beautiful plant that will stand out amongst others. One of my favorite things about it is how fast it grows. With that said, if it does not receive enough water the leaves will quickly fall…

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@Tatianamoss
Denver, Colorado
Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Bernie by Tatianamoss on Greg, the plant care app
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,…

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Richmond, Virginia
Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Sol (R.I.P.) by Thecre8ivgemini on Greg, the plant care app
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 n…

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Edmond, Oklahoma
Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named gill by Hondeydragonwithplants on Greg, the plant care app
06/04/2021

honestly, i’ve only had this baby for a few weeks (i’ve been procrastinating putting him up on greg because i didn’t want to get him down), but i’ve been just watering him every few days when he gets…

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@M_nichols33
Painesville, Ohio
Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Bruce by M_nichols33 on Greg, the plant care app
06/04/2021

Literally such a beautiful plant, but very very stubborn and if you stray from directions, you’re screwed. I’m currently in the screwed stage, so let’s hope he gets in a better condition but they are…

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@Cat_aholic
Tyler, Texas
Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Coco by Cat_aholic on Greg, the plant care app
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

How to care for Gold Dust Croton

Water

How often to water your Gold Dust Croton

Water needs for Gold Dust Croton
0.5 cups
every 9

Gold Dust Croton 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 Gold Dust Croton

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Gold Dust Croton in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Gold Dust Croton: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Gold Dust Croton may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Gold Dust Croton in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Gold Dust Croton

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Gold Dust Croton: 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 Gold Dust Croton after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Gold Dust Croton

Gold Dust Croton

Gold Dust Croton


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft 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.

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