Identify Mystery HousePlants

Hi there, I’ve just relocated to Northern Thailand and have inherited some mystery plants. Was hoping you could help me ID them so I can have a go at propagating them.


Hi Chris,

This first plant is a Gold Dust Croton. Crotons are very poisonous so please keep it away from small children and pets. These plants like bright indirect sun. Allow the top 25%-30% of the soil to dry out before watering. Crunchy leaves indicate over-watering. Leaves become soft and droop when your plant needs water. When a croton is severely over or under-watered leaves drop off. Stem cuttings and air layering are the best ways to propagate a croton plant. You can red about both of these propagation techniques in the Glossary of the website.

You can read all my care tips for a croton plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

Yellow and green Croton Gold Dust

This houseplant looks like a type of Calathea “crocata. ”