Gold Dust Croton
4.2 out of 5 (209 experiences)
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!
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
How often to water your 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 San Diego, California.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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San Diego, California
Finding light for Gold Dust Croton in your home
Gold Dust Croton love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Gold Dust Croton does not tolerate low light 🚫.
San Diego, California currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.
How to fertilize Gold Dust Croton
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.
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!
Gold Dust Croton prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Gold Dust Croton requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Gold Dust Croton is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Gold Dust Croton doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.
Gold Dust Croton does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Gold Dust Croton should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
It’s common for Gold Dust Croton to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Gold Dust Croton is native to Southeast Asia, Northern Australia and the Pacific Islands.
Yes, you may see your Gold Dust Croton bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.
Gold Dust Croton grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Gold Dust Croton can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Gold Dust Croton can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:
- Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
- To get the cutting to root, you can either:
- Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
- Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.
Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.
Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Gold Dust Croton, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.
Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for Gold Dust Croton
Gold Dust Croton
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in San Diego, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
What other plant parents say
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
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!