Plant Care Gold Dust Croton

Gold Dust Croton

4.2 out of 5 (188 experiences)

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

About Gold Dust Croton

Croton is an erect tropical evergreen shrub reaching heights of 8' but more commonly 3'. It is a popular house shrub plant grown for its variously colored foliage or used as an exterior foundation plant, hedge or specimen plant. It prefers dry soil and low to medium relative humidity.

Taxonomy

Codiaeum variegatum
Codiaeum
Euphorbiaceae
Malpighiales

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

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, Colorado.

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, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

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Growing Gold Dust Croton in Denver right now

Light needs for plant Gold Dust Croton in Denver, Colorado

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 30th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Denver is currently low 📉.

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

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Light needs for plant Gold Dust Croton in Denver, Colorado

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 28.9% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Denver is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Denver is expected to decrease by 28.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.9 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Gold Dust Croton in Denver, Colorado

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

November 29th, 2021

This month, Denver is getting an average of 10.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.2 total hours of daylig…

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Finding light for Gold Dust Croton in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Gold Dust Croton: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Gold Dust Croton love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Denver, Colorado ⛅.

Gold Dust Croton does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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, Colorado

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 30th, 2021

The growing potential in Denver is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to r…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Gold Dust Croton 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 Gold Dust Croton

Gold Dust Croton

Gold Dust Croton


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Gold Dust Croton has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 79
Gold Dust Croton has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 78
Gold Dust Croton has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 52
Gold Dust Croton has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 31
Gold Dust Croton has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 12
Gold Dust Croton has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 11
Gold Dust Croton has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 10
Gold Dust Croton has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 9
Kmarentette avatar
@Kmarentette
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 145 XP
globe Boston, Massachusetts
11/29/2021

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
@Anniembrennan
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 108 XP
11/18/2021

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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Caleb avatar
@Caleb
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 575 XP
globe Austin, Texas
11/13/2021

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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Kelly avatar
@Kelly
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 210 XP
globe Columbus, Ohio
11/07/2021

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
@Rinnyk
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 718 XP
globe Round Hill, Virginia
11/02/2021

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
@B_smooth25
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 211 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 127 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 18 Plants
xp 555 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 21 Plants
xp 548 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 19 Plants
xp 364 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 22 Plants
xp 489 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 52 Plants
xp 3,756 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 137 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 72 Plants
xp 7,400 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 33 Plants
xp 1,360 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 10 Plants
xp 786 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

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