The bright and hard Codiaeum is a very colorful landscape indoors. They seemed to incorporate all the colors of autumn and were created on an artist’s whim. But while the beauty of the color of Codiaeum is almost guaranteed, the neat shape of the crown is often the exception. Young Codiaeum looks neat and lush, but this problem inevitably affects the older leaves. More often than not, as it ages, sodium becomes a bunch of brightly colored leaves on stems that are unattractive and too long. To keep the shape of your pecans, you don’t need to prune them, just optimal conditions and basic care. You will learn how to grow Codiaeum plants in ThumbGarden’s article.
Codiaeum always looks its best
Overall, Codiaeum is a plant that is not too demanding. They can be satisfied with standard care, are not too demanding, and are very modern, and there is a reason they are on the list of the best plants for office landscapes. But if there’s any downside to this plant, it tends to lose its neat shape, stretch out and become misshapen. And not just with age. After all, that’s how Codiaeum most often reacts belatedly to any lapse in care.
Crotons are not the kind of herbaceous plants that can be easily controlled by shaping. They are very persistent and “stubborn.” If cared for properly, they will retain their shape for years. Topping is usually done a little late – when it has been pulled, stripped, or deformed as an alternative to re-rooting the top or placing the bare stem under a hood to stimulate growth. But it’s best not to let it get to that point.
Codiums are true lovers of consistency in all things. They thrive in a fixed location with no movement or drastic changes in light or conditions. Stability allows the plant to grow without jumps and evenly, rather than alternating between periods of rapid growth and periods of stressful cessation. This is the best way for Codiaeum to maintain its compactness. Even the temperature should be constant for them, around 64-68 °C (18-20°C). In such a regime, the risk of rapid defoliation and accelerated aging is minimal.
The fact that Codiaeum stretches out and flakes off rapidly, releasing very few leaves, is most often attributed to lack of light. However, it is no coincidence that sodium salts are surprisingly pliable plants that grow well in both semi-shade and bright locations, even with good quality and constant artificial light in the office.
There are only two situations where you can suspect a loss of tree roots: lighting.
- if the plant is in a strong shade or in direct sunlight (the leaves are the first to signal insufficient or excessive light before the developmental disorder begins)
- in winter without light correction (if the daylight hours are shortened, the light intensity must be increased to the maximum as soon as possible to maintain the shape)
To prevent draughts and cold temperatures
Codiaeum reacts in the same way to cold, sudden temperature changes: it stops growing. If normal conditions are restored, the plant will start developing normally again, and the deformation of the shoots will be almost imperceptible. However, there is a big “but”: Codiaeum also loses its leaves in a drafty and cold environment. Since new shoots start to grow only on the tips, you have to accept the result of this loss.
To avoid bending and bare “bottoms,” you only need to protect your plants during cold weather ventilation and do not let the air temperature drop below 60 °C (16 °F), even in winter.
Avoid serious watering mistakes
Codyiums respond strongly to drought and humidity but are slow to do so. The more their leaves droop due to lack of watering, the faster their shoots will stretch and bare. It usually takes time to realize how much watering mistakes affect the plant’s compactness and how quickly it will age.
By watering thoroughly when the top of the substrate is dry, monitoring its dryness carefully during the winter, and using warm, soft water, you can be sure to avoid any mistakes. However, it is always possible to use special indicators or automatic irrigation systems.
The problem of watering is also related to the risk of loss of Codiaeum due to gray rot. Even after a short period of over-watering, if the water once stagnates, the rootstock of Codiaeum will start to rot. Moreover, the longer one hesitates to take action, the more deformed and distressed the plant becomes and the less chance of saving it.
Fertilization is not just for bright colors
Regular fertilization is essential to reveal the vibrant colors of Codiaeum leaves fully. But not only that. If sodium lacks soil resources, the leaves will begin to shrivel, and the shoots will become bare and stout. But overfeeding is also very dangerous – rapid growth will not bring any benefits, and resistance to disease will be seriously reduced.
The effect of humidity on aging
Although there is no requirement to grow Codiaeum with a humidifier, humidity is most often the main factor that causes this hardy plant to lose its form and accelerate aging. Codiaeum can tolerate a lot, but not too dry air near air conditioners or radiators. And they do best to remain compact and lush in moderate humidity. Compensating for excessive dryness is easy by spraying or installing additional moistened expanded clay trays.
Incorrect transplant, soil, or pot
Difficulties in growing Codiaeum are often due to ignoring the simple requirement to transplant carefully without touching the roots. Only the topmost contaminated layer of soil and substrate that can be freely shed should be removed from the root ball of the sodium.
If the shrub becomes stunted, looks unusually sluggish, growth is stunted, and there is no watering failure, you can suspect that there is something wrong with the pot or the soil as well.
Sodium does not like containers that are too wide or too large, and conversely, too narrow. Allow them to grow freely until their roots are visible in the drainage holes, increasing the diameter of the container by 0.4-1 inch (1-2.5 cm) – up to 2 inches (5 cm).
Sometimes plants will elongate rapidly in plastic, which is not liked by sodium, or “indicates” uneven water distribution in the soil and a problem with drainage at the bottom of the substrate. A drainage system for Codiaeum is a must, as is a neutral soil reaction. In an acidic substrate, plants will suffer, just as they would in too dense soil. If the substrate is not loose and lacks loosening agents, Codiaeum will not grow properly.
Sodium salts rarely get sick, but if they do, the pests usually affect the individual leaves and the growth. Red spider mites or scale mites are among the most common. They are generally dangerous in hot and dry air. Do not hesitate to take immediate action and treat sodium with insecticides while correcting its care.