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Challenger

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Nov 17, 2010.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Supposedly a Dreer introduction. Is anyone still growing this cultivar?

    I would love to see a photo. I hope it is still around. :)
     
  2. Marie Nock

    Marie Nock Well-Known Member

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    Ron,
    I'm growing it. My plant came from what was once a privately owned botanical garden in La Belle. I'll try to post a picture later.
    Marie
     
  3. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Marie - do you have any available for collectors? Hold one for me if that is the case. I need to get by your place, the Holidays are amping up and getting hectic already. Please post a picture when you get time. :eek:

    Yesterday I repotted every palm I have in a container and gave it a shot of nutricote. This is my winterization plan. Let the roots increase and have them ready to come indoors if we get some severe cold fronts. In the spring they will get planted. Today I am doing the crotons. :rolleyes:

    Best regards, :)

    Ron.
     
  4. Marie Nock

    Marie Nock Well-Known Member

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    Ron,
    As a result of your original post, I've been looking for Challenger and can't find it. I still have to go into that central area in the garden and look but it may have been lost during the winter.
    Marie
     
  5. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Marie there's a nursery in St. Pete that has this variety often. If you can't find yours, I'll check and if they're currently carrying it, I'll bring you one.
     
  6. Marie Nock

    Marie Nock Well-Known Member

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    Ray,
    I looked again yesterday and it's still missing so that would be wonderful if you find one. Thanks,
    Marie
     
  7. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    I'll check this weekend to confirm availability. If they have it, I'll bring you one.
     
  8. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Marie / Ray,

    For those of us that don't know this variety, could you maybe explain some on it's looks and color? Size and shape of leaf? Does the auctioneer need one?:)
     
  9. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    I'll load the car up with 2? I have some pre-freeze photos of this stunning variety. Thankfully, it survived the freeze but needs another summer (like many other specimens in my garden) to regain its pre-freeze appearance. One year wasn't enough for some really damaged plants to recover.
     
  10. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Ray was nice enough to bring one of these plants down to the Glock's house for the host, Judy and one for myself. Thanks Ray, it will get planted out soon.
     
  11. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    I'll have to post a photo of mine here. The one you have needs to color up some. They seem to keep their color in a fair amount of shade.
     
  12. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Just to give you guys an idea. This croton can get really great color.
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  13. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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  14. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Wow!
     
  15. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    Very nice!
    Thanks for the pics :)
     
  16. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Ray gave me one to take to Marie, it is in my house now enjoying the warmth of 62 F temperature this evening! ;)
     
  17. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    It finally got delivered to Marie. ;) It was brought in three times when it hit lows of 37 F. I believe this gets a very long leaf as it matures and often an interupted leaf as well. :cool:
     

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