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bike and cuttings

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Central Floridave, Jan 25, 2011.

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  1. Central Floridave

    Central Floridave Active Member

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    I just bought a new bike and have been biking around. There are a lot of croton in people's homes. I'm tempted to just ride up and take a cutting but of course I'm respecting people's privacy and NOT doing that. however, I found this one at a closed down business's building.
     

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  2. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    Buy a cheap backpack and wear it when you ride. Keep a few 2-1/2 gallon ziploc bags and a small knife in it. Of course, you're riding with a bottle of water. This way, if you see a Croton that you can trim, you're always ready. Don't be afraid to knock on a stranger's door and ask to take cuttings. Well, that also depends on the neighborhood.
     
  3. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    So what is that beauty you found? Geez, I wish I could bike through my hood and find crotons.
     
  4. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    Anyone has any idea what variety that is??
     
  5. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    It looks like a very old Croton that's lost most of it's color. I have a bunch of them with those same colors.
     
  6. Central Floridave

    Central Floridave Active Member

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    the croton that is photo'd was about 8 feet tall and growing under deep shade on the East side of a building on Merritt Island. It was hurt from cold and neglect. Also, like mentioned has lost its color. I'll see if I can nurse it back to health.

    There are tons of different variety here on merritt island and in Brevard County. I drive around all the time and see them. Now that I'm on a bike it will be easier to snag a cutting. Much easier to do stealth cuttings on a bike rather than a automobile. I got the eagle eye for them. A lot have been nipped back from the back-to-back record cold winters. but, they will bounce back. If they are grown close to buildings they survive.
     
  7. Central Floridave

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    I haven't done any bike cutting trips....yet...but, wanted to mention that cutting above seems to have taken. I just stuck it in the ground back in January and it seems like it is going to live. I forgot about it and barely watered it. In the next day or two I'll drive back by the spot from the parent plant to see if it is still alive.

    Could it be a flamingo?

    "Brown, B. Frank 1995 Crotons of the World p.83. "
     

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  8. Central Floridave

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    updated photo. Not the prettiest one. But, I hold out hope, that maybe next summer when the sun will be hitting it more that it colors up again.

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  9. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    The leaf shape resembles Ethel Craig.
     
  10. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Being that this plant is one year old now and showing absolutely no progress with color, add it to the mulch pile....
     
  11. Central Floridave

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    I went by the mother plant this afternoon and took this photo. Its in deep shade. Showing a little color.

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  12. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    The mother plant looks to have a different leaf texture and margin. Momma could possibly be a Stain Glass. ;)
     
  13. Central Floridave

    Central Floridave Active Member

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