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Croton - Codiaeum variegatum


Common name: Croton Botanical name: Codiaeum variegatum  Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate. Crotons are resilient plants that can thrive in almost any indoor environment. They can, however, be a tad temperamental if moved around frequently. Croton –...

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Plant Description

Common name: Croton

Botanical name: Codiaeum variegatum 

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate. Crotons are resilient plants that can thrive in almost any indoor environment. They can, however, be a tad temperamental if moved around frequently.

Croton – General Description

Crotons are tropical shrubs that feature stunningly beautiful rainbow-coloured foliage. Their exotic variegated leaves come in an inspiring variety colours: shades of red, yellow, orange, green, and purple. Some varieties have bicolour leaves—e.g. red/green or green/yellow—while others are multi-coloured.

The leaves of the Croton can be either long and narrow; or a wider oval shape. The mature plants can grow to be five to six feet tall. While Crotons rarely flower when grown indoors, their gorgeous foliage still makes them a favourite among houseplants.


Plant Delivery & Shipping

Bloomspace delivers to NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, and SA. Some extra large plants and orders can only be delivered to the Sydney Metro area. All plants are carefully packed with custom packaging techniques to ensure your plant arrives in perfect condition. We have negotiated heavily discounted shipping rates with several courier services. Please select your preferred shipping company and option at the checkout page.

The majority of our orders (if ordered on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday) are received in 1-2 days for all capital cities. We do not send plants on Thursday and Friday, to ensure the plants aren't sitting in a box unnecessarily. Please get in touch with us if you are in Sydney and require urgent delivery later in the week, as this can be arranged upon request.

Do the pots featured in the photographs come with the plants?

No, not all of them. The majority of our plants come in a standard grower's pot like what you would get from a nursery. Any plant that comes with a matching pot will have "with planter" in the product title and description. 

Are your plants real?

YES! We only sell real living plants.

Do you really offer a money back guarantee?

YES! We stand by our plants 100%. If there's a mistake or something doesn't quite work out with an order, we will do our best to fix it, we won't quibble, and if we can't fix it, we will return your money. If there's any thing wrong with the plant or pot upon delivery, take some pictures once you receive it, send them through to, and we'll sort it in no time!

Are your plants and pots sent at the same time?

This can vary depending on the size of the plant and pot, and where you are located. It is always safer for both of them to be sent separately, so that is our preference unless the order is close to Sydney Metro area.


Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
Beautiful Plants!

Being from California, it is always a challenge at Holiday time to find gifts that can be delivered directly to my sister's family in Sydney area. I took a chance and sent my sister two of the plants offered by Bloomspace without knowing what to expect on the quality. Well, they turned out to be beautiful! Packaging was premium quality and no damage to the plants occurred. I purchased an anthurium and a rubber plant. Pricing is not cheap, but worth the expense.


Bought three plants - two can be seen in the photo - in beautiful condition. Delivered in boxes that were easily cut and recycled. Very happy with the product and delivery.

Little diappointed

Bought plant for a gift. Service and delivery really great. The plant was packaged really well plant itself beautiful great quality but very very small. Not the size advertised. Bit embarrassing

quality of these plants is mindbowing. ive never seen any plant like it at all.

Will be buying all my plants off the net from now on. the quality is better, it arrives in a couple of days, and I can what I want.
I'm absolutely sold and the people behind the scenes, are so nice and so helpful, they helped me go above and beyond for making sure a plant was shipped a certain way.
I regret not buying 2 of these orbifolias!


Most stunning plant! A hiccup with the delivery driver but bloomspace helped sort it out.




Great plant!

Maidenhair Fern

A beautiful healthy plan and a first class service to go with it. Could not be more pleased with the overall experience!


Excellent service, plants arrived in excellent condition.
Have been return customer

Love it

I bought this along with a peacock plant. Both were delivered with care & good care instructions. Very healthy plant with lots of new leaves. Highly recommend.

Plant Guide

How To Care For Your Croton

Here’s some basic guidance on how to take good care of your Croton.

Light. In order to maintain its gorgeous multi-colored foliage, the Croton will require six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily. Placing the plant in an east- or west-facing window is the best way to accomplish this.

Soil & Water. Crotons do best in rich soil (e.g. a combination of organic compost and peat moss) that is kept moist but well-drained. Water the plants frequently during their growing season, and less during the winter months. Never allow the plant to sit in standing water.

Temperature & Humidity. The Croton prefers a warm and humid environment: around 21 degrees Celsius is perfect. Chilly drafts or temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius can result in the plant losing its leaves, or dying. If the local atmosphere is dry/arid, it’s good to occasionally mist the Croton’s leaves, to artificially create a more tropical level of humidity. 

Nutrients & Fertiliser. To encourage growth, you can feed your Croton once a month, with a fertiliser that’s high in nitrogen and potassium. During winter months, decrease the amount of fertiliser, and the frequency to once every other month.

Toxicity. Crotons are part of the poinsettia family—all of whose members have a milky sap inside the stems, which can ooze out during pruning. While typically not fatal, this sap is toxic, and can cause digestive distress in pets or small children if it is ingested. The sap can also cause a skin rash for some people, so it’s best to wear gloves when pruning the Croton. 

Pests & Other Problems. The Croton is susceptible to mealybugs, spider mites, and caterpillars, as well as bacterial and fungal diseases. To get rid of pests, wash the plant with a gentle soap and water mixture, and then rinse it thoroughly. To remedy a disease, you may need to transplant the Croton into a new pot and soil.

Helpful Hints & Additional Care Tips

  • If your Croton’s leaves lose their vibrant colours and become a homogenous green, this probably means it’s not getting enough direct sunlight.
  • While pruning isn’t necessary, you can use it to shape the plant to a desired height, or encourage a bushier plant—by snipping off branches or stems.