I have not had any success with Applause. The last one died from over-exposure to sun/heat, although it received only the same morning sun I give lots of other crotons in my yard. This past Searle sale I got another one which was showing nice, strong growth so I could try again. The plant gets two hours of direct morning (9-11) sun and has already dropped several leaves and even on new growth. I remember Jerry once said they are very sensitive to sun. How much sun is ideal? Any sun at all or does it need to be only in bright shade or very filtered light? I think this is a beautiful cultivar and I'm so mad at myself for letting this one suffer too. Please let me know what type of light you're successfully growing yours in. Thanks! On the same subject, Cornelius (my first) has also dropped a couple of leaves. What type of light does this one like?