This codiaeum is one of the most striking and colourful plants on the planet! Not only this, but it is also highlighted by black undertones that make the colours burst even more, making this species one of the most memorable and enjoyable plants. That being said, it is not the easiest plant in the world.
It is highly susceptible to cold draughts, which will make the leaves drop off quite suddenly all at once. It is also prone to underwatering, which means a self-watering system ensures the maximum potential for this stunning plant.
Expect slow growth of the central wooded stem, but if treated well and kept (very) warm it will bush out with the remarkable technicolour foliage that makes it such a pleasure to have.
Temperature It can’t be said enough, keep it warm! We often refrain from selling or shipping these fussy plants over the winter period, as they can drop all their leaves just because of one night in the cold!
WateringIt’s a pretty thirsty plant, and will appreciate being watered when the top inch or two of soil is dry all year round. It's a balance though, as if the plant is sitting in water for too long, it will easily rot. Make sure the water is not cold.
Feeding To get the most vibrancy out of this plant, a liquid plant food over spring and summer will ensure that it has the nutrients to produce the biochemicals that make it so special.
Tips As mentioned, it’s an incredibly sensitive species to coldness. We keep them in the warmest parts of our premises because they have been known to suffer cold damage at temperatures as warm as 16 celsius.
Light Level Bright conditions will bring out the most colour from the leaves. That said, it can survive in lower light conditions but it will slowly revert to green foliage over time. Ideal conditions allow a couple of hours of direct sunshine per day.