The Gold Dust Croton is known and loved for its bright and beautiful foliage. Its green leaves appear to have been dusted by gold, hence its name. It is a slow grower and does well when grouped together. This plant grows to about three feet high, making it easy to add to any space!
Even though the leaves of croton plants are its biggest attraction, it does bloom.The flowers are insignificant and easy to miss as they hang in long clusters between large leaves.The long racemes are 3” – 12” inches long with tiny male and female flowers on separate inflorescences.The male flowers have five white small petals, while the female flowers are yellow with no petals.
This plant will appreciate a position that gets lots of bright indirect light, and even a little dappled sun occasionally wouldn’t hurt. Avoid extended exposure to hot direct sun though or the leaves may burn.
It’s important to keep up a regular watering routine. In summer you want to keep the soil moist but not soggy. To monitor this, you can use your finger to poke into the top 5 cm of potting mix and feel the soil moisture level before watering. If it feels particularly wet, let it dry out for longer. Overwatering can lead to fungal issues or root rot. Try watering a once a week, but always testing the soil first to see if watering is necessary. During winter, when the plant isn’t in an active growing phase you should reduce watering frequency and use tepid/room temperature water.
As with all plants, drainage is essential. Ensure that whatever vessel your plant is in, there are sufficient holes in the bottom to allow excess water to freely drain from the pot and away from the plant’s roots.
This plant will appreciate a moderate level of humidity to prevent her leaves from browning at the edges. Some tips for increasing humidity include grouping plants together, placing pots on a pebble tray, or if you want to go all out – buy a small humidifier online and place it in amongst your plant friends!
Feed with liquid fertiliser fortnightly over the warm, growing period and not at all over the cooler winter months.
Once a month you can wipe down the plants leaves using a damp cloth to clean away any dust that has collected and may be preventing the leaves from breathing. It’s completely normal for older fronds, typically around the base of the plant, to fade in colour or brown off as they age. Prune off any damaged or dying fronds using a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs so that the plant can put more energy into the newer, healthier growth.
** Plants photos are for representation purpose only. We will make best efforts to send the plants as in photos itself, however it is not always guaranteed as plants might overgrow or shrink depending on the season, care or age.