Maintaining blotching

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by annafl, Feb 6, 2015.

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  1. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    As a gardener, I've learned that many variegated plants develop non-variegated leaves or leads that are stronger and grow faster, and therefore should be severed so the plant can maintain its variegation and not completely revert to its green form. However, how is it with blotched crotons? If they develop non-blotched leaves should those be allowed to persist or should they be removed? What if the errant leaves are striped or polka-dotted and show color in some other pattern? What if with each flush there are about equal amounts of blotched and non-blotched leaves? Should the non-blotched all be removed?
  2. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

    St. Pete FL
    Cut off, how would you know if it's sporting something uber cool?
  3. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

    Sunny St. Pete, FL
    The solid green reverts go into the trash.
  4. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    But, Bren, I don't want a tiny possibility of a beautiful sport. I want my nice blotched plant to continue. Thanks, Phil, even if about half of the new leaves are non-blotched? I'm afraid it will weaken the plant. I guess it's a necessary thing.:( Will go pick at the plant today.
  5. kwmarko

    kwmarko Active Member

    key west
    Would sure like to see a pic of that situation... which blotched croton is it Anna?

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