|Latin name:||Codiaeum variegatum Gold Star|
|Minimal temperature:||15-18°C (59-64°F)|
|Optimal temperature:||27-32°C (80-89°F)|
sunny or penumbral
|Height:||50 cm (19.5 in.)|
|Repotting:||every 24 months (2 years)|
Falcifer ground mealybag (Rhizzoecus falcifera)
Pytium blight (Helminthosporium, Pythium, Fusarium)
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Codiaeum variegatum or Croton is a hard to grow house plant with brightly colored leaves. Best foliage color develops in high light to semi-sun. Allow the soil surface to dry slightly between waterings. Any house plant fertilizer may be used according to label directions during the growing season. Croton requires a minimum temperature of 60°F (15°C) with ideal temperatures 80°F (27°C). Repot in March and expect lower leaves to drop as the plant ages. Croton responds to extra humidity but leaf drop occurs in low humidity or temperatures below 50°F (10°C).
Propagation is by air layering or stem tip cuttings.
Cuttings are taken in spring or summer and rooted at temperatures between 70°F and 80°F (21-27°C).