Codiaeum variegatum 'Petra' have oval shaped leaves with pointed tips, they tend to leathery and brightly coloured; from green to chartreuse, yellow, burgundy, orange and red. They are part of the Euphorbiaceae family and their inflorescence is star-shaped, male flowers are white and female flowers are yellow. C.variegatum are found in South India, Ceylon and Malaysia.
Height: Approximately 45cm from base of pot.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Ideally 18-21°C, keep C.variegatum 'Petra' 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 thirsty 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, keep out of reach of pets and children.