Joseph's Coat Plant - Euphorbiaceae Codiaeum Variegatum var. Pictum

What You Need to Know About the Joseph’s Coat Plant – Euphorbiaceae Codiaeum Variegatum var. Pictum

Known as croton or Joseph’s coat, this tropical shrub from the Pacific islands has upward-pointing leaves which are always glossy, leathery, and heavily patterned, but vary widely in their size, shape, and color.

They can be long and thin, or broad and round­ed, straight or twisted, entire or lobed. The color is in combinations of yel­low, orange, pink, and red with dark green, becoming more pronounced with age, when small, inconspicuous cream flowers are also produced.

Size: Height to 3 ft. (90 cm).

Light: Indirect sunlight, some direct sunlight (not noon in summer).

Temperature: Normal room.

Moisture: Keep thoroughly moist from spring to fall. In winter, apply just enough water to prevent the soil drying out.

Feeding: Feed standard liquid fertil­izer every two weeks from spring through to fall.

Propagation: Take tip cuttings in spring or summer; use rooting hor­mone.

Special needs: Increase humidity by placing the pot on a tray of moist pebbles. The stems exude milky sap when cut, so if a large plant needs trimming back, do it in early spring arid put a small piece of paper towel over the cut to absorb the latex.