Croton ‘Zanzibar’

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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 ‘Zanzibar’

Common Names: Croton ‘Zanzibar’

Overview: The Croton ‘Zanzibar’, a captivating variety of Codiaeum variegatum, stands out as a slender and elegant addition to any indoor plant collection. Originating from the lush, tropical landscapes of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, the ‘Zanzibar’ is celebrated for its uniquely narrow and elongated foliage, which adds a distinct architectural element to its appearance.

This variety showcases a stunning tapestry of colors. The leaves of ‘Zanzibar’ are a kaleidoscope of vibrant greens, rich purples, deep reds, and striking yellows, often outlined with bold veins that contrast beautifully against the main leaf color. This intricate coloration becomes more pronounced with adequate lighting, making the plant a vibrant feature in any space.

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Exotic and Colorful, the Zanzibar is a Worldly Favorite

The Croton ‘Zanzibar’, a unique and striking variety of Codiaeum variegatum, is an exceptional addition to any indoor plant collection, renowned for its slender, elongated foliage and vivid coloration. This variety, originating from the warm and humid climates of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, stands out with its distinctive leaf shape and pattern.

‘Zanzibar’ features narrow leaves that are a tapestry of bright greens, yellows, reds, and even purples, creating a visually stimulating display. The intense colors and the fine, almost feather-like appearance of the leaves make it a captivating choice for adding texture and color to indoor spaces.

Growing to a moderate height of around 2 to 3 feet indoors, the Croton ‘Zanzibar’ flourishes in bright, indirect light and well-draining soil. It enjoys a humid environment, typical of its tropical origins, and benefits from regular watering, ensuring the soil does not remain waterlogged. This plant is ideal for those seeking a visually striking, yet easy-to-care-for houseplant, bringing a touch of the exotic to any home or office.

Caring for your Croton

The Codiaeum variegatum is an attractive, evergreen shrub and a great indoor air purifier. As such, it can add to your home’s beauty and help create a healthier home environment. 

The vibrant foliage makes it an excellent choice for your indoor plant collection. Although it is a challenging beginner plant, extravagant foliage is usually worth the trouble.


As mentioned, the Croton Mammey thrives in a scrubland environment in its native habitat. In their South Pacific home, these plants receive dappled shade in the open forests. Therefore, they thrive well in bright but indirect light. 

Direct sunlight can burn the leaves, though Croton Rushfoils are tough and can usually tolerate sun exposure for a brief period. Typically, they demand indoor placement near a southwest or southeast window ledge. 


Croton  thrives well in loose yet rich soil mixes. It requires soil rich in organic matter and prefers a pH between 4.5 and 6.5. In other words, the soil should be mildly acidic to acidic. You want to avoid neutral or alkaline soil at all costs.

Additionally, make sure to plant your Codiaeum variegatum in well-draining soil. The plant likes its roots to be moist but never soaking wet. Peat and coir-based soils are your best options for this plant.


Croton plants get showers at least once every two to three days, if not daily, in their native habitat. For that reason, they thrive well in moist growing environments. Therefore, you should aim to keep the soil moist all the time. 

However, avoid watering too much to prevent the soil from getting soppy wet, as it can lead to root rot. Ideally, you should water your Croton Mammey plant when the top two- inches of soil begin to dry out. 


Feeding the plant is the part where beginner plant parents go wrong when growing a Croton Mammy plant. Remember, less is always better when adding fertilizer to the soil. 

You should avoid feeding your plant more than three times a year. Ideally, you want to apply fertilizer at the beginning of the spring, summer, and autumn seasons. Croton will go dormant during winter and does not need fertilizer. 

Common Issues

As mentioned earlier, Croton is a little challenging for a beginner plant. Certain things like pests and diseases can prevent them from looking their best. Not providing your plant with ideal growing conditions can make it susceptible to pests and diseases.


Common plant-infesting bugs can attack Croton plants. To protect your houseplant, consider wiping its leaves every month using a neem oil solution. Thrips, pale yellow bugs, are the most common pests that infest these houseplants.


Controlling moisture in your plant’s growing environment can effectively prevent diseases that usually affect Croton. 

This houseplant is highly susceptible to root rot, a fungal disease that develops when the roots are excessively damp for an extended period. It causes the leaves to change to a yellow color and droop while the rot expands to the stem. 

Crown gall is another common disease caused by bacteria. It typically leads to knobby growths on the leaves and roots of the plant.


Rushfoil plants do not require much pruning. Nevertheless, you still want to maintain your plant’s shape and control its growth. Pruning can also assist in getting rid of the disease- and pest-attracting dead and damaged leaves. It should ideally be done once a year in the early spring.


While they can be a little tricky to take care of initially, Croton Mammy plants are easy to propagate. Once you learn how to take the best care of your plant, you can propagate to create more of its kind. Propagating at the start of its growing season is ideal, so you should do so in early spring. 

Potting/ Repotting

Crotons are a slow-growing houseplant, meaning you will not need to repot it too often. Ideally, you should repot your perennial once in two or three years. Usually, roots growing out of or bulging from drainage holes and plastic pots signify that your Codiaeum plant needs repotting. 

Additional information


10a, 10b, 11a, 9b

Sun Exposure

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Mature Height

18 in – 36 in


15 in – 24 in


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