Jeff Chait Hybrids & Seedlings

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  1. kwtimo

    kwtimo Well-Known Member

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    Here's a thread that I am going to need some help with from all of us collectors. In the past month, I have acquired two of Jeff Chait's crotons that I was completely unaware of before. While I now have three of his creations, I am wondering how many more Jeff Chait crotons there are. I really like all three of the cultivars, and am hoping to help get more of these out to other collectors. If anybody has any more information, or other Jeff Chait plants, could you please help out by contributing info and photos? Here are the three that I have. First is Helen Chait. Does great in the shade. 20150628_101735.jpg 20150628_101721.jpg
     
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  2. kwtimo

    kwtimo Well-Known Member

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    This is one I picked up from Marie Nock about a moth ago. It was just called Chait Hybrid. Really looking forward to seeing this one grow out.
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    kwtimo Well-Known Member

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    Next is the croton I picked up at the auction at Phil's. I believe it came from H. Lee. It was referred to as Jeff Chait seedling. Also looking forward to watching this one grow out and thrive.

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    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Colors remind me of the plant labeled Davis Estates from Sat. Ron P brought it. Is the gentleman still living or is that an old plant?
     

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    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    A quick google answered my question. Wow! The old palmtalk thread from 2010 is amazing!
     
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    Wow Bren! You weren't kidding. This man is really into his plants, and Ryan did another nice job of narrating. That is a garden I would very much like to get to visit some day.
     
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    I think Marie has the answer, the Chait's are/were friends of her's.
     
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  8. Marie Nock

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    Jeff grew many nice seedlings. We used to trade crotons years ago. I numbered his seedlings and then started naming them with his permission. Helene Chait for his wife but the one I named after Jeff turned out to be White Charles Rutherford. I never counted his different seedlings and now many of the tags have worn out but I would guess I have 7 - 10.
     
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  9. Marie Nock

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    Many of the Chait hybrids are out there. Some of the others that I named are Sailor's Delight, Cherry Smash and Cheers.
     
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    image.jpeg This picture was taken at the 2015 Ramble. I met Jeff Chaik at a tour at J. Searle's house. I was amazed at his conversations about palms and all plants in general. He is truly knowledgeable and fun to talk to.
     
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    Here is the same plant today. It has been exhibiting lots of vibrant reds. I love it. 20160415_164022_HDR.jpg 20160415_164123_HDR.jpg 20160415_164106_HDR.jpg
     
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    This is Sailors Delight. Marie Nock named this Chait hybrid with Jeff's permission. Tons of pink in this one. 20160324_181323_HDR.jpg 20160324_181344_HDR.jpg 20160324_181336_HDR.jpg 20160324_181303_HDR.jpg
     
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    Does it get a little leggy? Great color.
     
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    Lamar, I don't have a lot of experience with this cultivar, so I'm not completely sure. I have one in pretty deep shade at the Audubon that has a Chilli Pan-ish habit to it, so you could be spot on. Might be a candidate for multiple plants in one space to give it a fuller look. Marie, what has your experience been with this plant?
     
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    A very nice topic, Tim. Jeff has definitely been passionate over the years with his crotons.
     
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    Tim, describing its growth habit as like Chili Pan is perfect. I only have one plant in the ground growing under a huge Coccoloba pubescens so it gets very little light. I take cuttings each year to make one pot available for sale/auction or trade.
     
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    Not the best pictures, but it will give an idea of the growth habit. This plant gets very little light, and could certainly use more. The earlier pics I posted are of Sailors Delight at my house, and it gets bright filtered light throughout most of the day. Big difference there. 20160421_082915_HDR.jpg 20160421_082937_HDR.jpg 20160421_082952_HDR.jpg
     
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    Sailors Delight is another of those highly variable crotons.Sometimes it is fantastic,other times blah
     

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