Croton Gold Dust
Codiaeum variegatum 'Gold Dust', 4"
The Croton Gold Dust boasts a wild pattern of gold “dust”. It looks like the plant was splattered with bright yellow paint on their emerald green foliage.
Key Information and Plant Overview
- Binomial Name: Codiaeum variegatum ‘Gold Dust’
- Care Level: Easy
- Light: Bright indirect
- Water: Allow the top 2” of the soil to dry
- Pet Friendly: No
The Croton Gold Dust boasts a wild pattern of gold “dust”. It looks like the plant was splattered with bright yellow paint on their emerald green foliage. Thankfully, the Croton is low maintenance and requires very little to thrive. It loves bright, indirect to medium light to keep its colors vibrant. Keep in mind that the plant is native to the Western Pacific Islands and Australia.
PlantX Top Tip: Check for pests on a regular basis where the leaves meet the stems!
How to Care for Croton Gold Dust
- Light: Bright indirect to medium light.
- Water: Allow the top 2” of the soil to dry in between watering
- Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
- Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F - 75°F)
- Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
- Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
- Propagation: Division
- Repotting: This can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
- Cleaning Tip: Gently wash the leaves of dust and debris with a showerhead and remove any dead or dying foliage.
- Toxicity: Toxic
Croton Gold Dust - Common Problems
My plant's leaves are browning: As the plant matures, it is natural for some foliage to become brown and die. Another reason could be the lack of light. Move your plant into a spot with bright, indirect light.
The leaves are yellowing: When leaves are yellowing, check the soil and inspect for pests and remember to fertilize your plant.
The leaves are becoming dry and crispy: Check the soil moisture, if it is dry - give the plant water. If it is damp, remove the plant from the pot and inspect the roots. If the roots are brown and mushy - that is a sign of root hair bursting and could lead to issues within the soil such as root rot. Provide the plant with ample humidity. If the humidity is too low, the plant will begin dropping its leaves.
Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.
Common Pests: Scale, spider mites, and aphids