More 4th of July Sparkle

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Jul 5, 2014.

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  1. Moose

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    The 4th of July Sparkle thread is getting long so I'm starting another thread. All photos were taken 4th of July morning.

    Caribbean Star.JPG
    An overly shaded Caribbean Star. There is a Pritchardia thurstonia palm that has really started cranking that keeps this croton too shaded to look its best. Keep trimming the palm to allow more sun light to hit its leaves.
     
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    Commotion.JPG
    Commotion getting kissed by the morning sun. Stays shaded the rest of the day.
     
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    Clipper.JPG
    Clipper trying to color up.
     
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    Nellie Halgrim.JPG
    Believe it or not, this Nellie Halgrim is growing in deep shade while still maintaining vibrant yellow veining.
     
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    Inca.JPG
    Big favorite of mine, Inca from Marie Nock. I like it so much, I posted another view of the same croton in the other thread.
     
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    Playboy.JPG
    This was a rooted cutting from Keith Hanks several years ago. It was repotted many times until it reached a 10 gallon size. Finally it got planted, a massive hole was created to it would continue cranking. That did not happen, it sat and did very little until recently. It could have diverted all its energies developing a big root system. Playboy
     
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    Mrs Iceton.JPG
    If you love pastel pinks, hard to beat a happy Mrs. Iceton in the shade.
     
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    Madam Butterfly.JPG
    Madam Butterfly getting dappled with morning sun. This was a gift from Judy Glock.
     
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    Rex.JPG
    One of my first croton plantings as a newbie. I did not even know what it was, neither did the nursery I got it from. Rex
     
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    Nancy Reagan.JPG
    This croton from Marie Nock has been one of my more difficult cultivars. Very slow and finicky, I think I may have finally got the right soil mix and fertilizer schedule down. This is the most robust it has ever looked, Nancy Reagan.
     
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    Unk Ralph Davis.JPG

    There is no name for this cultivar that I am aware of. It is kinda slow. Came from Chris Mayhew who harvested a cutting at the Ralph Davis Estate a long time ago.
     
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    Ron, Great photos! I would also like to commend you for adding the light conditions you have the plant growing in. We all know that the light conditions can make some crotons look as different as night and day. I hope someday that the Wiki pages can have the info added for the croton photos as to what light condition the plant is growing in.
     
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    Scott - not sure if light conditions should be added to the Wiki. Different conditions are found in different gardens. What may be considered heavy light exposure in one garden may not be the same in another. That is why I like to visit gardens, to see what light exposure is working the best. This would include looking at the canopy and extrapolating what sun exposure the plant is getting at other times during the day.

    Blotched William Jennings Bryan.JPG

    Here is an example. Blotched William Jennings Bryan from Marie Nock. It was getting morning sun until mid afternoon - which was proving too much. Was happy in its location until the day light times extended. Moved to a new location where the afternoon sun is a bit more tempered and viola, nice flushing of new leaves in just a couple of weeks.
     
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    Shady Lane.JPG

    A Shady Lane from Marie Nock. The coloring pattern does not look much like a Shady Lane right now. Fertilized last month, very warm temperatures and lots of moisture caused it to explode.
     
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    B;ack Beauty.JPG

    Here is a shot of an "old growth" Black Beauty branch flushing new leaves. Really tight spiral leaves coming on.
     
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    Duke of Windsor.JPG

    The Duke of Windsor enjoying a bit of July 4th morning light.
     
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    Reubens.JPG

    Got this as the "true" Reubens from Jose. This thing it simply exploding. Can't wait until its colors start maturing towards pink. Can't take photos of the old leaves, they are completely overwhelmed by the newly flushing leaves.
     
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    No Name.JPG

    This one has no name. Its one of my seedlings I've had kicking around a couple of years. It recently poked through the container jungle showing a bit of promise.
     
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    Caribbean Star.JPG

    This is Caribbean Star that came from Frank Brown's garden. Its job it to look good while guarding my back yard spigot and hose. I love it that the hose as been coiled up for weeks, no need for it with all the rain. :p
     
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    Caribbean Star.JPG

    The same plant from a different view point still guarding the hose ...
     
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    Embassy 2.JPG Embassy.JPG

    Embassy from Marie Nock. As the sun made its trek towards the northern hemisphere, this plant was getting hit by a lot of sun and the colors were getting washed out. Fortunately all the rains have spurred on new growth.
     
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    Showgirl.JPG

    Showgirl from Jeff Searle. When acquired it was tagged Rheedii #3, the name has since been amended. Over time as this cultivar gets established it produces some very large leaves.
     
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    President Eisenhower from Jeff Searle on July 4th morning.
     
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    Unk Frank Brown.JPG


    Another Unknown from frank Brown's garden. Some have ID'd this croton as a Caribbean Star, which I am not 100% convinced. It does not have the vigor of my other Caribbean Stars in the yard. It seems to curve back on itself and often flushes heavily blotched or mostly yellow leaves. It does get more sun exposure than the others.
     
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    Diane.JPG

    Diane with Monster leaves. It takes awhile for the big leaves to happen, plant needs to get established. I took an air layer last fall and the two shoots that are developing are a couple of years away from making biggins. This Diane originated from Jeff Searle.
     
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    General Marshall.JPG

    General Marshall. The best specimen I've seen of this cultivar is the one Jeff Searle has growing behind his seed house. Its simply amazing. Next time your at his nursery, ask to take a look at it.
     
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    Dream Girl acquired at the last October Searle Brothers Extravaganza
     
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    Moose, a very colorful pictorial. I especially enjoyed the brief but important description and notes re: sun exposure of the individual Crotons with their names attached where possible…thanks for posting.
     

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