Hector - need some info ...

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Made the trek to Bullwinkle's place yesterday. He showed me a very pretty oak leaf croton I had never seen before. He told me that it was identified as a Hector.

    Never heard of a Hector. Does anyone have any information on this one? :confused:
     
  2. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Come on...really?
     
  3. Crazy for Crotons

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    Bob Alonzo was quoted mentioning "Hector" in Sarasota magazine article some years ago. Per Bob, this one is lost.
     
  4. Crotonologist

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    No mention of 'Hector' in this Sarasota croton article with Alonzo...
    http://www.sarasotamagazine.com/Articles/Past-Issues/2005/March-2005/Crotons-Come-Back.aspx

    But there is a very interesting statement in the article...
    Andy Reasoner is quoted as theorizing "that many of the older varieties gradually died out because their coloration was more a result of unstable viruses than genetics."
    While viruses are associated with some types of variegation, I was not aware of any in crotons...
    Anyone know if there is any truth to this idea?
     
  5. Crazy for Crotons

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    Bob has mentioned Hector to me in passing. It's also discussed in a past Croton Society bulletin.
     
  6. fawnridge

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    Can we see a photo of this mysterious variety?
     
  7. Moose

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    My camera battery needed charging when I was at Mike's place. :mad: Mike is having issues with his SD card, so we will have to wait. There was an older thread that Randy (Palm Island) posted an unknown that I thought resembled a Tiger. That looked like the croton Mike showed me as being Hector.

    Both these guys get stuff from Jamaican Shirley in Davie. Perhaps it is the same croton. I know much of the weird unknown stuff that Randy has came Jamaican Shirley. :)


    Hmmmmm ... :rolleyes:
     
  8. keith

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    Speaking of viruses, we dont know if crotons carry a virus. I know orchids can, and out in Arizona oleanders are being wiped out by leaf scorch which is spread by a bug and pruning tools, and here in Florida they catch whitches cane [broom] which is spread by pruning tools-no cure. I sterilize my clippers before going to the next plant. I think it would be wise if everyone practiced this.
     
  9. palmisland

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    Ron, Can you find the thread you're referring to? I'm quite not sure which one you mean. :confused:
     
  10. Phil Stager

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    For a primer on plant viruses check out: www.dpvweb.net/intro/index.php or just Google plant viruses. Lots of the little buggers out there and another great project for a doctoral dissertation or some post doc work.
     
  11. Moose

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    My mistake Randy, sorry. It was not you, it was Bren. That is what happens when you go by memory rather than searching first. I found it in Bren's "Coloring up" thread. :eek:

    It does not resemble Mike's (Bullwinkle) plant. Here are the reposting of Bren's photos of an unknown that I thought looked like "tiger stripes". I gotta steal from Phil ... "onward through the fog". :eek:
     

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  12. Moose

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    I really wish that Mike could get his camera issue resolved. :rolleyes: Would be great to get a photo of Hector for all to see. :)
     
  13. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Mike, don't forget ;)

     
  14. Bullwinkle

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    Hector??Orange and Black
     

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