How to propagate: Croton (Codiaeum)

The Croton (Codieaum) is perhaps one of the most colourful plants there is. A totally different plant than most indoor plant. The eye-catching leaves of the Croton have fluorescent colours that vary from pink to yellow, purple and orange. The Croton is therefore a real eye-catcher! We therefore understand very well that you would like to propagate the plant.


  • Croton (Codieaum)
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Plastic bag
  • Glass, vase(s) or mug with water
  • Optional: cutting powder

Propagating a Croton in 3 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the knife you might be using.

Keep the knife under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after using hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Take cuttings

Choose the way you would like to propagate. You can place the cuttings in water, or directly into soil.

In both cases, cut a stem with at least three leaves. It's best to cut just above another leaf.

Step 3: Taking care of the cutting

When propagation white liquid can come out of the stem. Dab the open wound on both the mother plant and the cutting. If you have cutting powder you can then apply cutting powder and wait until it has dried.

Then place the cutting in a pot with fresh potting soil. Use a plastic bag that you wrap around the cutting and pot. This prevents the leaf from drying out.

Make sure to keep the soil slightly moist. As soon as you notice that the cutting is stuck in the soil, roots will probably have formed. You can then remove the plastic bag.

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