Croton Plant, Codiaeum Variegatum (Gold Dust, Thin Leaves) - Plant

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Description

About Croton Plant

Croton Captain Kidd is a decorative tropical plant with lush leathery, multi-colored foliage splashed with vibrant greens, yellow and red when planted in warm frost-free areas. Captain Kidd enjoys a sheltered patio or indoor position which makes a wonderful specimen plant for a feature pot.

Also, great planted in the garden in a semi-shaded, well-drained position. Keep soil moist in summer & slightly dryer in winter. Croton Captain Kidd will grow to a height of 1-1.5m high and a width of 1m.

Croton is typically offered as an indoor plant, but can also be used outdoors as a seasonal accent plant in containers or plantings of annuals or mixed ornamentals.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height18 inch (46 cm)
Plant Spread6 inch (15 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common NameCroton, Zanzibar Croton
Maximum Reachable HeightUp to 10 feet
Flower ColourCream
Bloom TimeSummer
Difficulty LevelMedium.

Planting And Care

  • Croton likes bright sunlight but benefits from partial or filtered shade during hot summer afternoons. Too much sunlight bleaches the colors in the leaves.
  • Water croton until water trickles through the drainage hole when the top of the soil feels dry, and then allow the pot to drain freely.
  • Croton is a light feeder that benefits from a monthly fertilization schedule. Use an organic fertilizer.
  • Re-pot indoor crotons every two years to encourage healthy growth.
  • Croton Plant Care

    Croton is propagated by stem cutting and air layering.
    1. Stem Cuttings Propagation by rooting a stem from a healthy, mature plant is a method commonly used to propagate croton and many other houseplants. Rooting involves cutting a stem with at least three sets of leaves. A wound is created by removing the bottom set of leaves, and new roots form at the wound site. The stem is planted in a container filled with the lightweight potting mixture and then covered with plastic to create a greenhouse atmosphere.
    2. Air Layering Air layering is a propagation technique in which a stem is rooted while it's still attached to the plant. The process involves making a diagonal cut through one-third to one-half the diameter of the stem. The wound is treated with rooting hormone and kept open with a piece of toothpick or matchstick. Damp sphagnum moss is packed around the area, with the moss carefully covered with plastic wrap. When the stem roots, it is planted in a container filled with lightweight potting soil or a mixture of ingredients such as perlite, sand and peat moss.

    SunlightFull Sun to Partial Shade
    WateringModerately
    SoilWell-drained
    Temperature15-26 degrees C
    FertilizerAny organic fertilizer

    Croton Plant Special Feature

    The colorful foliage and air purification ability.

    Croton Plant Uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • Can be used for Container, Foundation, Hedges, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Screening, etc