{ Joseph's Coat plant; Croton; Codiaeum }

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About Joseph

Joseph is a feisty fellow who will certainly speak his mind - if you do something he doesn't like, he'll let you know by wilting and sulking. Though he has the reputation for being fussy, he's actually pretty misunderstood: once you get the hang of care, keeping him happy is a breeze.

Native to Oceania, Jose's stunning foliage is a riot of green, yellow, red, and orange. We could look at his beautiful, fiery-looking leaves all day. (That's not weird, right?) If you want to add a bit of colour to your space, Joseph is your man.

Quick Facts

Botanical name: Codiaeum Variegatum

Nicknames: Croton, Garden Croton, Variegated Laurel, Joseph's Coat, Variegated Croton

Plant type: Evergreen erect / indoor

Toxic?: Toxic to pets and people

Pro level: Hard

Nursery pot sizes:
40-50cm plant height (including pot): 17cm
80-90cm plant height (including pot): 24cm

How to Care for Jose (Codiaeum Variegatum)

If Joseph's lovely leaves immediately begin to fall off after one of our (dashingly handsome) Patch drivers drop him off, don't panic - this is his normal reaction to being moved. Joseph really doesn't like being uprooted, so try to make sure you keep him in one place.

Joseph prefers bright, direct light. Careful, though: too much super-hot sunlight and his leaves will become scorched.

When it comes to watering Joseph, it's important to get the balance right. During growing season, you want the soil to be evenly moist (not soggy). But make sure to cut back a little bit on watering in the winter.

Joseph prefers a humid environment, so try to up the moisture in the air around him. An easy way to do this is to put him in a naturally humid room, like the kitchen or bathroom. If this isn't an option, hope over to our Care Guide and check out our lesson on humidity.

Joseph's a hungry boy -- he'll need to be given a bit of feed that's high in nitrogen and potassium every month during growing season. In the winter, you can feed him once every two months.

An easy way to put Joseph in a mood is to leave him in the cold. If temperatures go below 15 degrees, things can quickly go south -- so make sure he stays in a reasonably warm room.