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Codiaeum lover from Europe

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Michael, Aug 15, 2009.

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  1. Michael

    Michael Member

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    Hi there!

    My name is Michael, i have 22 y old and i live in Madeira island (portugal). I grow codiaeum since i was a kid (15 years growing them now) and with time i started to get a nice collection. I even grew a few from seed and they always come different from the parents :p

    I dont know much about their nomenclature, i just learnt yesterday that they actually are classified by leaf shape! I didnt searched sooner for crotons on the web, cause i had no idea there were so many varieties and people so interested in them like I am.

    Anyway here are a pictures of some of my plants. I have no idea of the names of the varieties, so if anybody could help me with it i would be gratefull. All i know is that they are all Codiaeum variegatum :p


    Starting with the oldest ones i possess:

    These 2 are about my age, they are the same, but one is always yellow and green while the other is yellow while young, but then the colour changes to reddish as the leaves mature
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    This one is also very old and tall (2 m):
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    Check out the stem at the base:
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  2. Michael

    Michael Member

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    Another nice one who is in a dark spot, and unfortunately the colours are not that bright:
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    This one has a lovely leaf shape and can get really colourfull in sun:
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    I had a problem with thrips on this single one this year. Crotons here are very resistant and its very rare to find them with diseases, but it sometimes can happen.

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  3. Michael

    Michael Member

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    I bet you didnt knew there is a whole green variety of codieaeum variegatum, did you? I know it isnt as striking as the colourfull ones, but it makes a nice contrast with them!
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    The darkest crotons i have, new growth is green:
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    A nice yellow one that fades to orange later in the year:
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  4. Michael

    Michael Member

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    A medium sized spotted:
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    This one is very beautiful, and gets more colour in strong light, but it is somehow finicky in growing...
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    This one was given by a neighbour, mine is still juvenile, but hers has a very deep orange-red coloration. Hopefully the new growth will get more coloured.
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    This one just started to show the true colours, untill April it was darker:
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  5. Michael

    Michael Member

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    Another spotted one, that fades to pinkish-red when mature:
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    My mother's favourite one, large deep golden yellow leaves:
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  6. Michael

    Michael Member

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    A narrow leaved one
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    This one is also very striking, as it fades to red upon maturity.
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  7. Michael

    Michael Member

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    Now the small ones that are more recent and younger (many from cuttings):

    I kinda like the stripe in the middle of this one:
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    A red twisted croton:
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    Yellow and green:
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    This fades to pinkish red upon maturity
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  8. Michael

    Michael Member

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    Two different spotted ones :
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    A round leaved form:
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    This one has wavy margins:
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  9. Michael

    Michael Member

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    Dont be deceived by the appearence of this one. It is a recent aquisition, as it just rooted last month. The mother plant has a striking yellow netting pattern in the leaves, but since i rooted mine in shade the new growth came up with faded yellow lines. Now im patiently waiting for the next set of leaves:p
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    One of my favourites, its has these large yellow spots:
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    Another nice orange-yellow one:
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    This one can have up to 4 differt colours in the mature leaf, but for now its still too small for that display:
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  10. Michael

    Michael Member

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    A light orange one:
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    Nice red one:
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    This one is almost white:
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  11. Michael

    Michael Member

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    And now my 4 absolute favourites!

    I like the yellow tone of this one, as it is light and smooth (usually codiaeum are more goldish yellow)
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    This one was VERY hard to get, and i am doing the happy dance ad this tiny cutting had only one leaf, and just rooted!
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    This one has the most bright orange i've ever seen on codiaeum (but the leaves are still dark cause it has also been in shade)
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  12. Michael

    Michael Member

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    Now the last one, its my fave variety, just about to fade from yellow to pink:
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    I hope you enjoyed the pics, i will take more soon to keep you updated of the progress.

    Best regards
    Michael
     
  13. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Michael,

    Welcome to the Croton Forum! It's always nice to get new members from other parts of the world that show this much interest as you do. You have lots of plants, probably many of them are un-named seedlings. I did see a few in there that are known varieties. Thanks again,

    Jeff
     
  14. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Micheal,

    You have some gems there. Welcome to the forum!

    Ray
     
  15. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    Wow awesome! Welcome to to the forum and thanks for all those beautiful pics!
     
  16. keith

    keith Active Member

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    Michael, welcome to the forum
     
  17. bessie

    bessie Member

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    How about naming the ones you do know, please, so us newbies can start memorizing what they look like under different light conditions. The only one i new for certain is the one he described as having wavy edges and that is a piecrust.

    I liked the pictures!
     
  18. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    1,2 - Picturatum
    6 - Stewartii
    8 - Rheedii
    9 - Mother and Daughter
    10 - Golden Glow
    11 - Gold Dust aka Aureo Maculatum
    15 - Thanksgiving
    19 - Yellow Excurrens
    20 - Mammay
    25 - Bogoriensis
    26 - Piecrust aka Mortimer
    37 - Nestor
     

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