SONNY THE CODIAEUM EXCELLENCE
Sonny prefers bright indirect light. Keep him a metre away from any bright windows to avoid burning his leaves. He prefers at least 6 hours of bright light everyday. Pair Sonny in the same room with Sasha, Fiona and Roger who also prefer bright sunlight.
Sonny needs regular watering throughout the summer months and would prefer his soil to always stay moist. If his soil dries out too much then he may start shedding his foliage from stress. It’s good to water him once the first few inches of soil have dried out.
Sonny comes from a very humid climate and much prefers higher levels of moisture in the air. Place him in your bathroom, next to a humidifier or on top of a pebble tray.
Sonny can survive in temperatures between 24-30°C. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 22°C Sonny will be happy.
Fertilise Sonny once every two months in the months from March-September with a diluted houseplant fertiliser. Do not fertilise in the winter months.
It's good to keep him root bound as disturbing his root system can send him into shock. Repot in the spring if needed to avoid leaf drop.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR CODIAEUM EXCELLENCE
Brown tips/ brown crispy edges - This could mean that Sonny is lacking humidity, keep Sonny near a humidifier or place him in a sunny bathroom.
Drooping/wilting leaves - Sonny will begin to droop his leaves when he is ready for a drink. If he goes longer than about 8/9 days without a drink you will notice his foliage start to droop. Always feel the first two inches of soil before you water to make sure it’s dry.
Leaf drop - Sonny is very sensitive to drafts. Avoid placing him near any radiators, open windows or frequently used doors. It’s natural for Sonny to drop some foliage as he gets used to his new home.
Brown spots on leaves - This could be a sign of bacteria in the soil caused by overwatering. Check Sonny’s soil for excessive moisture, if his soil is wet he will need to be repotted into fresh dry soil.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: Rotate his pot weekly for more even growth.
Top tip 2: Sonny is sensitive to movement so he may drop a few leaves while he gets used to his new surroundings. Avoid moving him if possible.
Top tip 3: Take a damp cloth to his leaves every couple of weeks. Cleaning his leaves will help to absorb more light.