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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Calathea Zebrina | Zebra Plant

The Calathea Zebrina, otherwise known as the zebra plant is characterized by its large leaves on long stalks. These leaves have stripes like a zebra. This plant originated in Brazil.

Calathea Zebrina Information

Botanical Name: Calathea Zebrina

Nicknames: Zebra plant

Origin: Brazil, Mexico

Size: The size of Calathea Zebrina can be up to 3 feet tall iwth leaves as big as 15 inches.

Zebra Plant Care

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

Lighting Preferences

The zebra plant prefers bright indirect light.

Watering the Zebra Plant

Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant. During the summer season, keep the soil moist, and water less frequently during winter.

Fertilizing the Zebra Plant

Fertilize every 2 weeks, April through October, but dilute the fertilizer to half strength.

Temperature Preferences

Between  65°-75° F, keep away from cold drafts.

Humidity Preferences

The zebra plant prefers high humidity, mist if necessary.

Soil Preferences

Calathea Zebrina does best in 2 parts peat moss and 1 part perlite.

How to Propagate the Zebra Plant

One of the most common and effective ways to propagate the venus fly trap is by using plant division. Learn more about propagating with plant division HERE.

Potential Problems With The Calathea Zebrina

Leaves may drop, curl, and turn brown due to low humidity or a cool draft. The changes in the leaves may also be due to a lack of proper watering. A limp stem may be due to overwatering.

Poison Information

The venus fly trap is generally not considered poisonous. 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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Sansevieria Trifasciata | Snake Plant

The Sansevieria Trifasciata, otherwise known as the snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue plant is characterized by thick tall tongue-like leaves with varying patterns. This plant is incredibly easy to care for and incredibly difficult to kill. These plants originated in South Africa.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Sansevieria Trifasciata

Nicknames: Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

Origin: South Africa

Size: The Sansevieria Trifasciata can grow to be as tall as 4 feet tall.

Plant Care

Lighting: The snake plant can thrive in nearly any lighting. They grow fast and taller in brighter light.

Watering: The snake plant does well when neglected and is nearly impossible to kill. Allow the soil to dry completely before watering the Sansevieria Trifasciata as over-watering is the main way these plants die.

Fertilizing: Feed Sansevieria monthly while it is actively growing. Feed with a Cactus Plant food that is half diluted. Do not use a fertilizer that contains nitrates.

Temperature: Between 60°-85.° F.

Humidity: The snake plant does well in low humidity.

Soil: Use a well-draining potting soil, add sand for better drainage.

Propagation: Use plant division or leaf cuttings.

Potential Problems: The snake plant is not affected by house pests or disease.

Poison Information: Plant not very poisonous, level 1 toxicity.

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Epipremnum Aureum | Pothos Plant

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.