Gold Dust Croton
4.1 out of 5 (201 experiences)
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.
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
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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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January 20th, 2022
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Philadelphia is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…
January 18th, 2022
Philadelphia is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Philadelphia is expected to increase by 23.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.3 megajoules of energy…
January 19th, 2022
This month, Philadelphia is getting an average of 6.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 7.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.0 total hours of…
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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ⛅.
Gold Dust Croton does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
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.
What other plant parents say
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.
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!
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.
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:(
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.