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Mar 28, 2018 10:47 AM CST
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We've had this for 30 years not knowing what type it is and now it's leaves are starting to die. Please if anyone knows what kind it is tell us!
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Mar 28, 2018 11:01 AM CST
Name: Sue Taylor
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Croton.
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Mar 28, 2018 12:17 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Agreed. Botanical name = Codiaeum variegatum. Comes in a lot of different styles of leaf:
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Mar 28, 2018 12:25 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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I agree, Codiaeum (commonly called Croton) and it reminds me of Banana Croton (Codiaeum variegatum 'Banana')

From what I can see, the soil looks extremely dry and the leaves look as though they are covered with thick dust and/or dirt. I'd take wet paper towels and wash off the leaves, water the plant thoroughly, until water drains out the bottom of the pot (discard any water remaining in the saucer or outer pot) and give it as much bright light as possible. Once your weather warms up, you might try to find a spot outside where it can receive fresh air and bright light.
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Mar 28, 2018 5:31 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
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Your Croton has a scale insect infestation. That's the reason for the stickiness on the leaves. You can treat them with a thorough spraying with a mix of 5 parts water, 1 part alcohol and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Be sure to thoroughly drench all leaf and stem surfaces and then wipe them down.
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