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Crotons for Southern CA

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by bags, Nov 20, 2010.

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  1. bags

    bags Member

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    Hi all. I would really like to add some Crotons to my yard, but I am having trouble finding a lot of info on what species I can grow out doors here. I live in coastal southern CA zone 10B. Also if there are any croton sellers you can recommend I would appreciate it. Thanks, Aaron
     
  2. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Scott, is this a similar zone to what you are growing in?
     
  3. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    I wish! Im a 9A :( growing zone. I Avg. a winter low 26f-33f at least once in the winter most years. Phil is growing in that zone over in St Pete I think.
     
  4. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Welcome Aaron! The Crotons like the air humid. Your temps may be great, but your air may be to dry. Are there any Crotons growing in your area?
     
  5. bags

    bags Member

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    Thanks Scott. I have not seen many, but I know a few are having success with them out doors. I have seen Mammy, Stop Light and a few others I have written down, but can't find right now. I found Mammy (I may be butchering this name) on ebay, but I am having trouble finding the others or much info on them. I have just started looking into them recently so any info is greatly appreciated. Is there a nursery that specializes in Crotons?
     
  6. bags

    bags Member

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    Also General Paget and Charles Rutherford are growing out doors here
     
  7. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Aaron - I have seen you often on Palm Talk. Welcome to this forum. You will find everyone here extremely nice and helpful. :cool:

    Florida has dry winters and wet humid summers. San Diego is the reverse. If you can keep your crotons in shade and keep them hydrated in the summer they should do well. A croton can withstand some drying out if it is a mature plant, probably more than 5 years old in So. Cal. Your main issue will be to keep them hydrated since the newly emergent leaves are very tender and will wilt and fall off if not enough water is available to the plant.

    Ron. :)
     
  8. ScotTi

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    I have played around with rooting some of my Crotons this year, and have a few that I will be happy to share with you. I have had Crotons given to me, so I would also like to share.
     
  9. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Like what I was saying, the people on this forum are outstanding .... ;)
     
  10. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Aaron,

    Scott's the bomb. You should take him up on that. Also, I was going to mention, keeping you eyes out for ones growing around town is a good way to get cultivars suited for your area. There are some tips here for rooting them. Some root readily and easily.
     
  11. bags

    bags Member

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    Thank you Scott. That is a very generous offer. I will PM you for further details. Aaron
     
  12. bags

    bags Member

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    Thanks for the info Moose. I look forward to adding these to my yard. Aaron
     
  13. bags

    bags Member

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    Dean,
    I will keep an eye out for sure. I have not seen many around. I am not sure if it is because most are hard to grow or people around here think of them as house plants. I am going to start planting what I can find and see how it goes. I will look for the tips on rooting them as well. Thanks, Aaron
     
  14. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    LAX has croton Super California happily growing in the lower humidity found indoors. Perhaps this croton is named Super Cali for a reason.
     

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