Plant Care Gold Dust Croton

Gold Dust Croton

4.2 out of 5 (133 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 54
Gold Dust Croton has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 48
Gold Dust Croton has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 36
Gold Dust Croton has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 19
Gold Dust Croton has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 9
Gold Dust Croton has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Gold Dust Croton has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Gold Dust Croton has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
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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@Bbeauties
Castle Rock, CO
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, CA
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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Oklahoma City, OK
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, OH
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
Fort Worth, TX
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

Jitzie avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Forrest by Jitzie on Greg, the plant care app
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.

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@Shan511
Cheney, KS
Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Lindsey Buckingleaf by Shan511 on Greg, the plant care app
06/06/2021

Very pretty. This plant will definitely let you know if you forgot to water! It’s actually a nice quality of it. Once watered, it perks right up and is fine!

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@Ren990
Pennington, NJ
Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Nemo by Ren990 on Greg, the plant care app
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

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Chico, CA
Rating of the plant Gold Dust Croton named Sproutacus by Bronwen_blooms on Greg, the plant care app
04/13/2021

You have to water it!!! If you let it dry out the leaves will fall out!!! Also I wouldn’t put it in direct sunlight!! But still a cute plant

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 located in Denver, CO.

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

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Gold Dust Croton in Denver, CO

Denver, CO

99% High

Growing Gold Dust Croton in Denver right now

Light needs for plant Gold Dust Croton in Denver, CO

Plant growth potential is currently high 📈

August 6th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Denver is currently high 📈.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Gold Dust Croton in Denver, CO

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 10.6% ☀️

August 6th, 2021

Denver is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Denver is expected to decrease by 10.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 19.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

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Light needs for plant Gold Dust Croton in Denver, CO

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

August 5th, 2021

This month, Denver is getting an average of 13.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 6.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 13.4 total hours of dayl…

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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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Denver, CO ☀️.️

This is a great time to watch your Gold Dust Croton thrive 🌿!

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.

When to repot Gold Dust Croton

Nutrient needs for plant Gold Dust Croton in Denver, CO

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

July 30th, 2021

The growing potential in Denver is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any pl…

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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 your location in Denver, CO, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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