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Doris

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Marie Nock, Oct 13, 2010.

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  1. Marie Nock

    Marie Nock Well-Known Member

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    I thought I'd share pictures of my current favorite. It's Doris, one of Chris Mayhew's hybrids. The color in the pictures is real. It's the best orange I've ever seen.
     

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  2. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Marie, That is a beauty! Adding Doris to my wish list.
     
  3. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    When you guys say "hybrids" are you truly referring to the cross pollination of two cultivars and then growing the seeds?
     
  4. Marie Nock

    Marie Nock Well-Known Member

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    Dean,
    I used hybrid because for me it implies intentionality. I've grown plenty of seedlings but I wouldn't call them my hybrids - the seeds were there so I planted them. Chris has been intentionally pollinating to try to get better color. I don't know if others use the language the way I do
    Marie
     
  5. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    What a great looking plant! I am such a sucker for orange
     
  6. Jeff Searle

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    Marie,

    That's a beautiful croton! It will be on my wish list too. It's kind of nice knowing that I know who Doris is and she has been with Chris on many plant related garden tours over the years. Did Chris mention who the parents were for this hybrid?
     
  7. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks Marie,

    I guess that is what I meant - from seed. My girlfriend gets a kick out of planting the seeds from the crotons and Ti plants hoping that they may have been pollinated by one of the others in the area.

    Have you ever "discovered" a new plant from your seeds that you were particularly proud of. In other words, do you think it is worth the time and effort?
     
  8. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Dean,

    I just spent 2 hours this morning planting 435 seedlings that I plucked out of the ground yesterday. Most all of them are solid green at this stage(first set of leaves or two sets), and will color up over time. Most of these will turn out as "dogs", and will be discarded, but there will definitely be some keepers. I find it takes about 2 years before you know.
     
  9. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Very nice! I see great potential with that one.
     
  10. pocomo

    pocomo Active Member

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    Thanks Marie

    Jeff,

    I wish I knew exactly which cross it came from but at the time, I think it was Katrina or Wilma that took out large limbs on mangos, that crashed down on most of my seedlings. I saved most of them but tags were lost and I'm left wondering myself. Still I try to pollinate for shape or color or both. I like black in crotons and not a lot of green in the leaf. And you can't be quite sure if an ant has created the cross for you. A couple more pics
     

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  11. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Doris...quite striking and the orange certainly stands out !
     
  12. Sergey

    Sergey Active Member

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    Doris is really bright and beautiful!
     
  13. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Doris looks very special! :cool:

    It would especially look good in my garden. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    I went and visited Marie Nock yesterday. She showed me the Doris, it looks even better in person. :cool:
     
  15. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Chris recently gave a rooted cutting of this spectaular variety to Judy Glock. I have to admit that I was envious. Hopefully we can get this croton established in our members gardens for preservation. It is really something special in my opinion! :cool:
     
  16. Bullwinkle

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    Wow ,missed this one,very nice.
     
  17. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    In case you missed this thread, a truly exceptional croton. There are only a few circulating out there right now. I suspect that this may be a slow to develope cultivar. ;)
     
  18. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Here is some good news, this outstanding croton is not slow! Moderate growth rate but definitely not slow! :cool:

    Usually the spectacular ones are slow. :(
     
  19. pocomo

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    Doris starting to orange up. Just coming around.
     

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  20. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Wow!!! :eek: That croton is sure looking amazing Chris. :cool:
    All the liquid love falling from the sky sure isn't hurting. ;)
     
  21. Moose

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    Looks like this Doris is starting to get some Moojo going :p
     

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  22. palmisland

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    Ooooo, I can make room for a Doris:p Chris, any available?
     
  23. pocomo

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    Randy, I think I can find one for you. Chris
     
  24. palmisland

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    Thanks:D
     

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