Plant Care Gold Dust Croton

Gold Dust Croton

4.2 out of 5 (209 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

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!

Taxonomy

Codiaeum variegatum
Codiaeum
Euphorbiaceae
Malpighiales

Also known as

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 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 Madison, Wisconsin.

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.

Plant care guide for Gold Dust Croton in Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Growing Gold Dust Croton in Madison right now

Light needs for plant Gold Dust Croton in Madison, Wisconsin

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 27th, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant Gold Dust Croton in Madison, Wisconsin

Sunlight will decrease by 35% ☀️

November 27th, 2022

Madison is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Madison is expected to decrease by 35% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.1 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Gold Dust Croton in Madison, Wisconsin

Daylight will decrease by 1.4 hours 📉

November 24th, 2022

This month, Madison is getting an average of 8.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 14% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.9 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 Madison, Wisconsin ⛅.

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 Madison, Wisconsin

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

November 25th, 2022

The growing potential in Madison 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 …

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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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Yellow Leaves

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 Madison, Wisconsin, 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 90
Gold Dust Croton has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 89
Gold Dust Croton has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 54
Gold Dust Croton has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 34
Gold Dust Croton has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 13
Gold Dust Croton has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 12
Gold Dust Croton has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 11
Honeyharbin avatar
@Honeyharbin
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 3,815 XP
03/13/2022

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
@Likelyzebrina
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 333 XP
globe Warwick, RI
02/26/2022

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
@Fabwinika
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 937 XP
globe Aventura, FL
02/22/2022

Does well outside even with height Florida humidity !

Survivor Survivor
Fabwinika avatar
@Fabwinika
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 937 XP
globe Aventura, FL
02/22/2022

Does well outside even with height Florida humidity !

Survivor Survivor
Bluebladeliger avatar
@Bluebladeliger
leaf-1 111 Plants
xp 4,729 XP
02/16/2022

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
@Lowlight
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 455 XP
globe Tulare, CA
02/14/2022

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
@Dylan1stokes
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,487 XP
globe Witham, England
01/10/2022

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
@Jaroa
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 472 XP
globe Glen Allen, VA
12/23/2021

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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Galacticcrow avatar
@Galacticcrow
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 360 XP
globe Spokane, WA
12/20/2021

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

Rachel99 avatar
@Rachel99
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 236 XP
globe Middlebury, VT
12/01/2021

Died

Browns easily Browns easily
Kmarentette avatar
@Kmarentette
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 815 XP
globe Boston, MA
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 274 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
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Caleb avatar
@Caleb
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 4,798 XP
globe Austin, TX
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, OH
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 29 Plants
xp 1,571 XP
globe Round Hill, VA
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 7 Plants
xp 559 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 132 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
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, VA
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!

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