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Jeffs Garden

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by pocomo, May 25, 2011.

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  1. pocomo

    pocomo Active Member

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    Jeff and I got together yesterday. Some exchanges were made and I got to look at the operation. A lot of nice things on there way at the nursery. The diner Jeff new was closed so we did subway. Then went out to his house to look at things. It became sensory overload. Too many names and a lot of well grown crotons. For me there were lots of bloomers and possibilities. Searle has got to get on the band wagon and start pollinating stuff. Enough of the "when I get older it will give me something to do" act. So anyway I pollinated polychrome with monarch and a few other things. Hope you remember where they are Jeff. Had a good day.Chris
     
  2. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Chris -
    What is your experience with the length of time that croton seeds remain viable after 'harvest' from the parent plant?
     
  3. pocomo

    pocomo Active Member

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    Phil
    I usually plant them as soon as they come off the plant. Last year though I went away after planting about 50 seeds. I was gone for a month and I only had 5 plants growing when I got home. It might have been a mango hitting the pot that caused mortality. I also found seeds that I missed collecting probably a month and a half later and none of them sprouted. I think it's best to plant them asap. Since crotons are native to the tropics I'm pretty sure their viability isn't that long. I wouldn't wait more than a month but if I have good seed I'm going to plant them.
     
  4. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Chris. That explains why nothing from last Dec and planted a month ago has sprouted. Hardly seems like a good survival strategy for a plant, but when you have humans propagating the plant, why mess with seeds.
    Kieth mentioned it to me the other day and wanted to check with others.
     
  5. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    Euphorbia (fairly close relative to Codiaeum) seeds usually have a short viability period...
     
  6. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Sex in Jeff's garden ? :eek: I thought that only happened when Jim Glock was visiting ? :rolleyes:


     
  7. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    No....Jim is usually just a thorn in my side!:eek:
     

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