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Croton Gold Dust

Codiaeum variegatum 'Gold Dust'

Add a little bit of sparkle and a whole lot of fun to your space when you incorporate the Croton Gold Dust into your design! This fun-loving tropical is bold, beautiful and low-maintenance!

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Codiaeum Variegatum, better known as Gold Dust Croton, is a vibrant tropical houseplant that also doubles as a patio plant in the warmer months! Light up any space, indoors or out with this plant's dazzling green and gold foliage.

The Gold Dust Croton has thick oval leaves that are leathery with warm golden speckled splashes. This vivid juxtaposition of color makes a bold addition to any space.

Beyond its beauty, this plant is loved for its ability to thrive in a range of environments! Ideal conditions for the Codiaeum variegatum gold dust are bright indirect light and a chunky, well-draining soil medium. The vibrancy of your Croton's coloring is heavily dependent on the light source, so bright indirect sunlight is a requirement for the best results!

Please note that this plant does not respond well to excess water; thus, we recommend you check the soil and water your plants only when the top inch of the soil has dried.


Growzone: 9-11 Croton Gold Dust Hardiness Zones 9-11
Hardiness Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 6 to 8 Feet
Mature Width: 4 to 5 Feet
Classification: Colorful foliage
Sunlight: Bright, direct light to full sun
Habit: Compact habit
Foliage: Variegated green and gold
Soil Condition: Potting mix with sand and perlite added
Water Requirements: Likes to be consistently moist but not waterlogged
Uses: Attractive plant to add bold color indoors

How to Care for Croton Gold Dust

Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!

What is the best soil for Croton Gold Dust?

What is the best soil for Croton Gold Dust?

The best soil for Croton Gold Dust is a well balanced mix of peat moss, perlite and vermiculite that dries some between watering but takes a long time to compact. Typically, any reputable potting mix will work well and includes those ingredients. Adding a granular, slow release fertilizer while planting is a good way to help the plant thrive in the transplanting transition. Croton does like a well draining soil, sometimes adding sand to the potting mix or using a cactus soil mix helps to prevent overwatering.

What is the best light for Croton Gold Dust?

What is the best light for Croton Gold Dust?

Croton Gold Dust requires bright, direct light for several hours in a day. A western or southern window provides enough light to keep these trees happy. Outdoors, the trees can handle full sun to part shade. Any change in light conditions will cause weeping figs to drop their leaves which are quickly replaced with new leaves.

How often do I water Croton Gold Dust?

How often do I water Croton Gold Dust?

Croton Gold Dust should be watered relatively frequently, as the plants like to stay moist. They don't like to sit in water or dry out too much. The easiest way to tell if a plant needs to be watered is by the weight of the container. If the container is very heavy and the foliage is upright, chances are good the plant doesn't need water, whereas a light container and limp foliage means the plant needs some water. Sometimes, water pours out of the container without being retained by the soil. Soaking the dry soil in a small dish or saucer can be a useful way to solve this problem. It is important not to water the foliage of these plants, or to over-water them as this will lead to plant death. If you're unsure, it is always better to let the plant go dry instead of drenching it with water. Moisture meters are another easy way to tell if plants need to be watered, and usually come with a guide to indicate what number or level of moisture different plants require.

How do I fertilize Croton Gold Dust?

How do I fertilize Croton Gold Dust?

Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack's Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. Any of these fertilizers will work well for Croton.


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