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Croton Arcoiris

Croton Arcoiris

Codiaeum variegatum

  • ​Common name: Croton Arcoiris
  • Scientific name: Codiaeum variegatum
  • Family name: Euphorbiaceae
  • Origin: Southeast Asia
  • Height: 3-6 ft
  • Width: 2-5 ft
  • Growth: Slow
  • Zone: 9b-11
  • Light needs: Full sun to partial shade
  • Salt tolerance: Moderate
  • Soil/pH/Texture: Can grow in many soil types as long as its well-drained. Prefers acidic soil (pH 4.5 – 6.5)
  • Moisture: Humidity tolerant; should be watered regularly, but not overwatered
  • Drought tolerance: High
  • Pests/diseases: Mealybugs, scale, and thrips; mites and crown gall
  • Growing conditions: Should be grown in moist and well-drained soil in sunny areas. Can be grown both indoors or outdoors. Indoors plants should be planted in a medium of peat moss and sand. This plant can be fertilized with a 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer to produce the best results.
  • Characteristics: Leaves are long, narrow, thin, and glossy. The leaves are very colorful; they tend to have shade of green and yellow on the top side, and shades of red and orange on the underside. Leaves grow outwards and upwards radially from the base of the plant.
  • Propagation: By cuttings
  • Facts: Croton Arcoiris is one of many croton varieties. Other varieties may have different colors, leaf, shapes, and sizes.
  • Designer considerations: Great as an accent or foundation plant, for mass plantings, or as an indoor plant.