The Codiaeum variegatum aka Croton or Variegated Laurel is noted for its bold, often striking foliage. Glossy, leathery, smoothed-edged leaves are in bright colors ranging from yellow, pink, orange, red, bronze, purple and green plus combinations thereof in patterns involving blotching and striping.
Outdoors, find a site in part shade or dappled sun, shaded from direct summer sun. Indoors, bright light with at least two or three hours of direct sunlight daily is necessary for good colouration.
Vibrant leaf colors depend on the quality of light. Do not shy away from providing lots of bright, shifting sunlight. Codiaeum variegatum may lose lower leaves in too much shade. The normal leaf loss of older Codiaeum variegatum will be much increased in inadequate light.
Typically, you shouldn’t have to water your Croton more than once a week. If the top 2 inches of the soil is dry, your plant could use a drink.
As the large leaves collect dust, an occasional mist and or wipe with a damp cloth is beneficial. Hold the leaf, supporting the underside so that it does not tear as you clean the leaves.
Rotate your plant once a month to keep it standing straight and tall. Crotons can become unbalanced a with denser foliage on one side of the plant if they aren’t rotated regularly.