Aucuba Japonica ‘Variegata | Gold Dust Plant

The Aucuba Japonica Variegata, otherwise known as the Gold Dust Plant is characterized by the gold-colored speckles on the leaves. This plant originated in Asia.

Aucuba Japonica ‘Variegata | Gold Dust Plant

Aucuba Japonica Variegata Plant Information

Botanical Name: Aucuba Japonica Variegata

Nicknames: Gold Dust Plant

Origin: Asia

Size: The size of Aucuba Japonica Variegata varies from 6 inches to over 10 feet tall, the leaves can be as large as 8 inches. 

Gold Dust Plant Care

Here are tips to taking care of your Aucuba Japonica Variegata.

Lighting Preferences

This plant requires shaded light to have brighter leaves. If the plant receives too much sunlight, the leaves will turn black.

Watering The Gold Dust Plant

Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant.

Fertilizing the Gold Dust Plant

Use an acid-based fertilizer in the spring.

Temperature

This plant survives in mild temperatures hardiness zones 7b through 10.

Humidity

Aucuba Japonica Variegata prefers high humidity when in temperatures above 73 *F.

Soil

This plant adapts well to most soil except waterlogged soil. We recommend using potting soil and adding perlite or similar.

Pruning the Gold Dust Plant

Cut this plant at the leaf joints in the spring. Be careful when pruning this plant so that the shrub is not damaged.

How to Propagate the Aucuba Japonica Variegata

One of the most common and effective ways to propagate the gold dust plant is by using plant cuttings. Learn more about propagating with plant cuttings HERE.

Potential Problems with the Gold Dust Plant

This plant does not have many pests or disease problems. Gold dust plants are; however, sensitive to being over-watered. Learn more about over-watering HERE.

Pests

Here is a list of common pests for the gold dust plant.

  • Scale Insects

Disease

Here is a list of common diseases for the gold dust plant.

Poison Information

The Gold dust plant has a level 2 poison level. Read more about poison levels HERE.

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Dracaena Deremensis | Lemon Lime Plant

The Dracaena Deremensis, otherwise known as the Lemon Lime plant is characterized by its green and white sword-like leaves. This plant originated in Africa.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Dracaena Deremensis

Nicknames: Lemon Lime plant

Origin: Africa

Size: The size of Dracaena Deremensis varies from 1 to 2 feet

Plant Care

Lighting: The lemon lime plant can adapt to low light conditions, though it does better in medium to bright indirect light.

Watering: Allow the top half of the soil to dry between watering. Leaf tips will brown if the soil becomes too moist or too dry.

Fertilizing: Fertilize plant every month, spring and summer, with a liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength.

Temperature: Keep the lemon lime plant between  70°-75° F

Humidity: Dracaena Deremensis prefers high humidity, but does fine in average household humidities.

Soil: This plant does best in fast draining, well-aerated loose soil. Lava rocks can also be mixed in.

Pruning: Remove browning leaf tips using a pair of wet scissors. Stalks can be trimmed at any point and new growth will develop below the cut.

Propagation: Use stem cuttings.

Potential Problems: Be sure to remove dust and anything else from leaves to help avoid potential problems. 

Pests:

  • Spider mites
  • Mealybugs

Disease: 

  • Fluoride toxicity
  • Fusarium Leaf Spot Disease

Poison Information: The Lemon Lime plant is considered poisonous to household pets.

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Syngonium Podophyllum | Arrowhead Plant

The Syngonium Podophyllum, otherwise known as the arrowhead plant is characterized by its variegated arrowhead-shaped leaves. This plant originated in Southeast Asia.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Syngonium Podophyllum

Nicknames: Arrowhead Plant, Arrowhead Vine, Arrowhead philodendron, Goosefoot, African Evergreen, American Evergreen

Origin: Southeast Asia

Size: This plant can grow to be 2 feet tall and climbing varieties might get to be 4 feet long.

Plant Care

Lighting: Arrowhead plant thrives in bright indirect light, however, can tolerate low light. Though low light may lead to lessened variegation.

Watering: Allow the top few inches of soil to dry before watering thoroughly, do not overwater. Water more frequently in the summer, allowing the top half of soil to dry between watering in the winter.

Fertilizing: Feed every 2 weeks spring, summer, and fall with a fertilizer half diluted. Feed monthly in the winter.

Temperature: Syngonium Podophyllum thrives in 60-75°F all year-round.

Humidity: Arrowhead plants prefer high humidity but can survive in average humidity. Brown leaf tips might indicate dry air.

Soil: Use Peat moss based soil mix.

Pruning: Long-running vines can be trimmed back to keep the center of the plant bushy.

Propagation: Place 4-inch cuttings in water or moist peat moss based potting mix. Plant division can also be used.

Potential Problems: These plants are resilient to pests but may attract pests and disease if over-watered. Brown leaf tips signify dry air.

Pests: scale, Mealy Bugs, spider mites

Disease: Rot from overwatering, leaf spot disease

Poison Information: Arrowhead plant is a level 2 poisonous plant.

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Scindapsus Pictus | Satin Pothos

The Scindapsus Pictus, otherwise known as the argyraeus or satin pothos is characterized by dark green leaves speckled with satin or silver speckles and splotches. This plant is easy to take care of and is similar to Devil’s Ivy. This plant originated in Southeast Asia.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Scindapsus Pictus ‘Argyraeus’

Nicknames: Satin Pothos

Origin: Southeast Asia

Size: Size varies, this plant can grow to over 3 ft. in length.

Plant Care

Lighting: Satin pothos can thrive in bright indirect light, however, does not like direct sunlight.

Watering: Allow the top few inches of soil to dry before watering thoroughly, do not overwater.

Fertilizing: Feed every month spring, summer, and fall with a liquid fertilizer half diluted.

Temperature: This plant thrives in 65-85°F all year-round.

Humidity: Average humidity

Soil: All-purpose potting soil

Pruning: Long-running stems can be trimmed to keep the plant bushy, though not necessary for a healthy Satin pothos.

Propagation: Place 4-inch cuttings in water or moist peat moss based potting mix.

Potential Problems: These plants are resilient to pests but may attract pests and disease if over-watered. Brown leaf tips indicate dry air, while yellow leaves indicate overwatering.

Poison Information: The satin pothos is a level 2 poisonous plant.

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Monstera Deliciosa | Split Leaf Philodendron

The Monstera Deliciosa, otherwise known as the split leaf philodendron is characterized by bright green leaves that feature splits throughout the leaves. These plants originated in Southern Mexico and Guatemala.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Monstera Deliciosa

Nicknames: Swiss Cheese Plant, Split-Leaf Philodendron, Windowleaf Plant, Ceriman,  Mexican Breadfruit Plant

Origin: Southern Mexico and Guatemala

Size: May grow to be several feet tall with leaves as large as a foot in length.

Plant Care

Lighting: The Monstera Deliciosa requires very bright yet indirect sunlight.

Watering: Thoroughly water when first few inches of soil have dried, avoid overwatering.

Fertilizing: Feed monstera every 2 weeks spring, summer, and fall with a liquid fertilizer half diluted. Feed monthly during the winter.

Temperature: The Monstera prefers temperatures of 65-85°F

Humidity: Monstera thrives in average to high humidity.

Soil: The swiss cheese plant does best in a mixture of 1 part a peat moss mix and 1 part sand or perlite.

Pruning: Keep the large monstera leaves clean and dust free, be sure to trim aggressively as plants tend to grow large and quick.

Propagation: Use stem cuttings that have a few leaves and plant nodes.

Potential Problems:

Pests: Mealy Bugs, spider mites, Aphids, scale

Disease: Erwinia Blight, Xanthomonas Leaf Spot, and Leaf Tip Burn

Poison Information: Monstera is a level 2 poisonous plant.

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Epipremnum Aureum | Pothos Plants

The Epipremnum Aureum, otherwise known as Pothos, Golden Pothos, Devil’s Ivy, Silver Vine, and Cubicle Plant, is characterized by their variegated leaves, viney nature, and ease of care. These plants originated in the Solomon Islands.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum

Nicknames: Pothos, Golden Pothos, Devil’s Ivy, Money Plant, Silver Vine, Cubicle Plant

Origin: Solomon Islands

Size: Varies, the plant can grow to over 8 ft. in length.

Plant Care

Lighting: Epipremnum Aureum can thrive in low to bright light, however, does not like direct sunlight.

Watering: Allow the top few inches of soil to dry before watering thoroughly, do not overwater.

Fertilizing: Feed every 2 weeks spring, summer, and fall with a liquid fertilizer half diluted. Feed monthly during the winter.

Temperature: This viney plant thrives in 65-80°F all year-round

Humidity: This plant requires average humidity

Soil: Use all-purpose potting soil

Pruning: Long-running stems can be trimmed to keep the plant bushy, though not necessary for a healthy plant.

Propagation: Place 5 to 6 inch cuttings in water or moist perlite

Potential Problems: Devil’s Ivy is resilient to pests but may attract pests and disease if over-watered.

Poison Information: Epipremnum Aureum is a level 2 poisonous plant.

Houseplant Poison Levels

Each houseplant falls on a toxicity spectrum. Below are 4 levels of toxicity or poisonous levels. These levels are general guidelines. If you are concerned for any reason call poison control.

Non-Toxic Plants

These are plants that are not poisonous or toxic. Despite not being toxic, there is always a risk for allergic reactions to any plant.

Examples: Grape Ivy, China Doll, Baby’s Tears, Bird’s Nest Ferns, Cast Iron Plant, Money Tree, Lucky Bamboo, Phoenix Roebelenii, Lady Palms, Fittonia, Hypoestes, Prayer plant, Rabbit’s Foot Fern, Calatheas, Yucca

Level 1

Poison level 1 plants are considered to have low toxicity. These plants are generally not poisonous, though there is always a risk for allergic reaction to any plant.

Examples: Ficus LyrataAloe Vera Plant, Peperomia, Ctenanthe, Dracaena Warneki, Homalomena, Ficus Benjamina, Tradescantia Albiflora, Schefflera Actinophylla, Rubber Tree , Philodendron Xanadu , Snake Plant

Level 2

Poison level 2 plants have mild to severe toxicity.  These plants should avoid being eaten as side effects may be experienced.

Examples: Monstera DeliciosaEpipremnum Aureum (Pothos), Ficus Alii, Arrowhead plants, Dracaena Marginatas, Agave plants, Fishtail Palm, Cordyline Terminalis, Peace Lily plants, Chinese Evergreen, Aralias

Level 3

Poison level 3 plants are very toxic. These plants should avoid being eaten as side effects may be experienced.

Examples: Philodendron Selloum, Moses in the Cradle, Caladiums, Croton, English Ivy 

Level 4

Poison level 4 plants are extremely toxic. These plants should not be eaten as side effects may be experienced and this may be life-threatening.

Examples: Alocasia AmazonicaAlocasia Macrorrhiza, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, Sago Palm, Dieffenbachias, Pencil Cactus, 

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