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Gold Dust Croton - How To Care For Your Plant Friend

Codiaeum variegatum

You can’t miss this plant, as it has some of the boldest and brightest foliage around. Speckled with golden spots, Crotons add a tropical touch to your home. These exotic plants have a reputation for being high-maintenance due to their tropical nature, but hey, sometimes it requires a little work to stay beautiful!

The Croton is native to southern Asia and the western Pacific Islands where the humidity levels are higher. In addition to lots of bright light to encourage their variegation, this beautiful plant will appreciate regular misting. Don’t be afraid to group a few of these stunning plants together— it helps raise the humidity level naturally and benefits all the plants.

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  • Your Gold Dust Croton prefers bright indirect to bright light
  • The Gold Dust Croton does have air cleaning properties.
  • Your Gold Dust Croton takes a bit of extra care but is worth it for this plants natural beauty.
  • The Gold Dust Croton can cause mouth irritation and digestive reaction

Light Requirements

Your Gold Dust Croton will do best in a bright spot, as it needs lots of light (if possible 4-6 hrs. Per day) to produce the golden speckles. If your croton does not get enough light, you might find the plant grows tall and lanky with spare leaves lacking the rich, dark hues.

Water Requirements

When the soil begins to dry out, water the plant thoroughly until the water flows out the bottom of the container. They are not as thirsty as other indoor plants but will drop leaves if kept too

dry. Take note—wilting for a Croton means too much water.

Humidity Preference

Crotons appreciate generous amount of humidity. You can boost the humidity by misting the leaves once a week or placing it in a well-lit bathroom.

Optimum Temperature

This plant prefers temperatures between 60-70 degrees. Keep your Croton away from drafts and cold areas like a windowpane in the winter.

Plant Food

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer once in early spring, once in early summer, and again in mid-summer. Do not feed in the fall or winter.

Additional Care

Don’t panic if your plant drops a few leaves upon arrival. Generally, the Croton does not like to be moved, so a few falling leaves within a week doesn’t mean you are doing anything

wrong. Make sure you follow the water and light guidelines and, with a little TLC, before you know it you will have fresh, tender leaves that will soon mature to their full, blazing glory!


Moderately toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

The Gold Dust Croton was featured in the November Lunarly box.

Lunarly | Gold Dust Croton | November 2018 Lunarly Box

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