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Crotons That Thrive in the Shade

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Jeff Searle, Jul 7, 2009.

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  1. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Over the years, crotons that when first planted in that perfect spot in the yard, just the right amount of shade and just the right amount of sun, are now in deep shade, thanks to surrounding plants that have grown up very large. And maybe these crotons because of the lack of bright light are now loosing much of their colors and getting leggy. I have found a few varieties that actually thrive in alot of shade and do very well, so I would like to pass this info. on. And if you have some varieties that do well, please add them to the list.

    I found these perform extreamly well in shade mostly or all day,

    Polychrome

    Raphael

    Claude Lorraine

    King of Siam

    Kentucky

    General MacArthur

    Giesha Girl

    General Lawrence

    Red Quill

    John Bender


    Jeff
     
  2. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    So,

    As a newbie, let me ask a newbie question. If you have a choice for most crotons, is 100% full sun the preferred exposure for most. Or is optimum something like 3/4 day full sun, and bright shade the rest.

    I ask because with my ti plants, although they look great in full all day sun, most varieties look a little better if "cranked" back a touch to maybe 80% - just a break from all sun, all day.
     
  3. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    Dean,
    I would suggest morning full sun, but afternoon bright shade if possible.
    The brighter the colors, the more they will burn in the full scorching sun, as I have found.
    Many crotons, as Jeff stated, do better in partial to full shade.

    I can add that my "Gold dust" does great in deep, deep shade.
     
  4. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Elaine, Pride of Winter Haven and The Roosevelts (Eleanor and Franklin) also do great in shade.
     
  5. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Add Madam Butterfly to that list too.
     
  6. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    I've found that the yellow Crotons do better in the sun and the red/pink/orange ones are happier in the shade. In terms of overall growing conditions, the term "shade at noon" seems to be the most appropriate for Crotons.

    Jeff - for your list: Pinocchio, Big Red, Red King, Edison, Cardinal.
     
  7. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    How about Mosaic Jeff? Doesn't that one prefer shade too?
     
  8. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Yes! By all means, this is an excellent one in the shade.

    Also Tiffany


    Jeff
     
  9. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    My mosaic gets NO SUN and is beautiful (IISSMS) = If I say so myself!
     
  10. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Gonzalez, Nellie Halgrim and Duncan Macaw also don't mind lower light conditions. Nellie Halgrim is one fo the few yellow and green varieties that don't need fulll, blazing sun to maintain color.
     
  11. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    I just saw my Jungle Queen that is growing in deep shade, this croton w/ the size leaves and colors, is a winner!
     
  12. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Jeff, got any more Commotions laying around?
     
  13. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Ray - any chance you could post a photo of Madam Butterfly? :rolleyes: I have no idea what it looks like. :confused:

    Ron. :)
     
  14. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Stained Glass is another good shade croton.
     
  15. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Yes it is. It's that pastel(s) color thing.When I first got this croton from Bob Alonzo, he told me it was Stain Glass or John Barnett, of which both are accepted names.
     
  16. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    I didn't know the John Barnett part. Thanks Jeff.
     
  17. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Nellie Halgrim.jpg Whoa Nellie! Robert Halgrim named this cultivar for his mother, Nellie Halgrim
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014

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