Croton ‘Dreadlocks’

(34 customer reviews)
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    Ships in our standard grower pot which includes drainage holes at the bottom.
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    12 inches wide. Made with recycled plastic and natural materials. Weather resistant, insulating, frost resistant, chip and crack resistant. Includes plug and saucer.

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    12 inches wide. Made with recycled plastic and natural materials. Weather resistant, insulating, frost resistant, chip and crack resistant. Does not include a drainage hole.

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$ 63.00
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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Scientific Name: Codiaeum variegatum ‘Dreadlocks’

Common Name: Dreadlock Croton

Overview: Discover the exotic beauty of Codiaeum variegatum ‘Dreadlocks’, a spectacular and distinctive ornamental plant renowned for its vibrant, twisted foliage. This unique variant of the croton plant boasts a medley of red, yellow, orange, and green leaves, spiraling outward in a mesmerizing dance of colors, adding an unparalleled tropical flair to any space.

Perfect for both indoor and outdoor environments, ‘Dreadlocks’ thrives in bright, indirect light and requires minimal care, making it an excellent choice for gardening aficionados and novices alike.


The Croton with the Chillin’ Island Sort of Vibe

Codiaeum variegatum ‘Dreadlocks’ is a stunning and unique cultivar that promises to be the centerpiece of your plant collection. ‘Dreadlocks’ stands out with its intricate, twisted leaves, swirling in a medley of vibrant colors, from fiery reds and yellows to deep greens. Each leaf is a masterpiece, mimicking the free-spirited allure of bohemian dreadlocks. Native to the tropics, this plant is not just about aesthetics; it’s also a symbol of strength and adaptability. With its moderate care requirements, ‘Dreadlocks’ is perfect for both novices seeking an eye-catching specimen and seasoned gardeners looking to add diversity to their foliage ensemble. As it flourishes, this Codiaeum variegatum variety transforms spaces, infusing them with a touch of the wild, a dash of color, and a whole lot of character.

Caring for your Croton

The Codiaeum variegatum, commonly known as the Croton plant, is a tropical evergreen shrub that’s revered for its eye-catching, multi-colored foliage. With leaves that boast an array of yellows, reds, greens, and purples, this plant serves as a living piece of art, enhancing the aesthetics of any indoor space. This guide will outline the essential care steps to ensure your Codiaeum variegatum not only survives but thrives.


Light is perhaps the most critical factor affecting the color vibrancy of Codiaeum variegatum leaves. For the most brilliant display, place your plant in bright, indirect sunlight. Too much direct sun can scorch the leaves, while insufficient light will lead to dull, green foliage. If you’re using artificial lights, fluorescent tubes or specialized grow lights work well.


Overwatering or underwatering can quickly become a problem with Codiaeum variegatum. These plants like their soil to be consistently moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Reduce the frequency in winter months when the plant’s growth slows down. Always use well-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes to prevent root rot.

Being a tropical plant, Codiaeum variegatum loves a humid environment. Aim for a humidity level of at least 40-60%. You can increase humidity around the plant using a pebble tray filled with water or a room humidifier. Misting the leaves can also help but do this sparingly to avoid leaf fungal problems.


During the growing season (spring through early fall), fertilize every 6-8 weeks using a balanced, liquid fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. Always water the plant before applying fertilizer to avoid root burn. In the late fall and winter, refrain from fertilizing as the plant goes into a dormant period.


Regular pruning helps maintain the shape and size of your Codiaeum variegatum. Prune in the spring before the growing season begins, cutting back any long or leggy stems to encourage bushier growth. Always use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears. You can propagate the cuttings, but be cautious, as the plant’s sap can be irritating to the skin.

Pests and Diseases

Codiaeum variegatum is generally resilient but can be susceptible to common houseplant pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and scale. Inspect your plant regularly and treat infestations early with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so always ensure that your plant has proper drainage.


Repot your Codiaeum variegatum every 1-2 years or when you notice that the root system has become cramped. Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one. Use a well-draining potting mix, ideally one formulated for tropical houseplants. Take care to gently loosen the root ball when transferring your plant.


It’s crucial to note that Codiaeum variegatum is toxic to pets when ingested. The plant contains compounds that can cause gastrointestinal distress, so it’s best to keep it out of reach of dogs, cats, and small children.

Additional information


10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 13b, 13a, 12b, 9a, 9b

Sun Exposure

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Mature Height

3 ft – 10 ft

34 reviews for Croton ‘Dreadlocks’

  1. Susan Szoke (verified owner)

    Arrived in excellent shape!

  2. William Manuel (verified owner)


  3. Verified Buyer (verified owner)

    I have received my plants and they are very healthy. Have not had time to plant them yet, soon.

  4. Verified Buyer (verified owner)

  5. Bhanmattie S. (verified owner)

    beautiful plant as shown in pic and neatly package no damage

  6. Carmelina M. (verified owner)

  7. Kathy L. (verified owner)

    Awesome plant – great company to order from – easy transactions – awesome customer service – I’ve ordered quite a few plants from them and they all arrived packaged extremely well – and – thrived after they were planted !!!

  8. Ray O. (verified owner)


  9. Travis Maple (verified owner)

  10. Kelly B. (verified owner)

    WOW what a beautiful, healthy, gorgeous, gigantic plant. I love the colors, the twirl, curly leaves. Really, just an amazing plant.

  11. Meredith Blanchar (verified owner)

  12. Norman (verified owner)

  13. Jessica Parker (verified owner)

  14. Louise Lipke (verified owner)

  15. Michele R. (verified owner)

    I love the way it came. The plant is awesome, and so far very easy-going. She is ready for a grown-up pot.
    I received this beauty in Perfect condition. And it has not lost a single leave!
    Where I put it after unboxing is where it will stayed. After the next couple of days, I saw that it was happy

    The colors are unique and will get another one!

  16. Takema O. (verified owner)

  17. Kathleen Gurski (verified owner)

    Beautiful , healthy large plant!!

  18. John S. (verified owner)

    Arrived quickly in excellent condition. Absolutely stunning.

  19. linda (verified owner)

    Love this plant. Can’t wait until it gets bigger

  20. Carla Bailey (verified owner)

    This plant is absolutely gorgeous! It came wonderfully packaged and in excellent condition

  21. Mrs Keck (verified owner)

    Beautiful healthy plant!

  22. Ladonna W. (verified owner)

    I had never ordered plants via mail before… so this was a pleasant surprise to be able to order…see in pictures what I had ordered…and then receive them in such great condition! I also appreciated all the expertise in transplanting them after shipping. I will order from PlantVine again if I need other hard to find plants. Completely satisfied with quality of plants and service!🤗

  23. Mary Watson (verified owner)

    It is beautiful. Packaged securely and in great condition.

  24. Gemma Forde (verified owner)

    It was ok,plant was delivered upside down,slightly damaged,but wl survive.

  25. Doug Beaton (verified owner)

  26. Rejeanne B. (verified owner)

    Arrived in good shape, I’ve been buying a lot of plants through the mail and your packing is the best so far. I will buy again from you. Thanks

  27. Cornelius Thomas (verified owner)

  28. Cija K. (verified owner)

    This plant arrived huge and healthy! Very pleased with shipping and service! Now I know where I’m ordering my bigger plants from!

  29. Jennifer B. (verified owner)

    I LOVE IT!!!!

  30. Elizabeth (verified owner)

    I order a lot of plants online. These plants arrived fast, well packaged and so healthy!

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Why others chose the Croton ‘Dreadlocks’

Its unique. + pretty.

Very pretty and different.

Reminds me of Mardi Gras

Love crotons

Love the colors and uniqueness of plant

So unique!

Loved the colors on the plant super unique

I have loved this plant since I first saw it a few years ago. I finally have a place to plant it where it will be in a prominent place to be seen! So happy!