Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum 'Excellent'
Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum 'Excellent'
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Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum 'Excellent'

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Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum 'Excellent' have lobed leaves with round to pointed tips, they tend to leathery and brightly coloured; from green to chartreuse, yellow, burgundy, orange and red. They part of the Euphorbiaceae family and their inflorescence is star-shaped, male flowers are white, female flowers are yellow. C. variegatum are found in South India, Ceylon and Malaysia. 

Pot: 12cm diameter.

Height: Approximately 30cm from base of pot.

Secrets to success

Temperature: Ideally 18- 21°C, keep this plant away from draughts and cold spots.

Light: Codiaeum do best in a brightly lit spot - direct sun could cause bleaching, too little sun would turn the leaves green.

Watering: Water when the soil begins to dry out. They are not as thirs as other plants, but they will drop leaves if kept too dry. Take note, wilting for a Croton means too much water.

Air Humidity: They prefer moderate to high humidity, this can be achieved by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles. 

Fertilising: Feed every few waterings during growing season, dilute fertiliser to half the recommended dosage. No need to fertilise in winter. 

This plant is toxic.