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My Zanzibar yesterday

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Crotonologist, Jul 9, 2011.

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  1. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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  2. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Wow! Wow! Wow! Best Zanzibar I have seen. Zanzibar is in my top 5 favs and I lost mine to the 09-10 winter. I was able to find another 4" pot of one this spring. It will stay as a potted plant and someday I hope it will be as nice as yours.
     
  3. Crotonologist

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    Thanks Scott - after losing my first one by leaving it outside in too much wet cold (non-freezing) weather - and this one is hard to find around here - I was determined to keep one alive and so I potted this one up with a lot of extra perlite in the soil (first one seemed like the roots rooted) and I no longer leave it outside in cold rainy weather...
    I'm trying to get longer leaves on it... I think it still needs a little more shade.
     
  4. Bullwinkle

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    Wow,I have a little one,I hope mine looks like yours
     
  5. Crotonologist

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    Mine was little two years ago...
     
  6. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Wow! That's one hell of nicely grown croton! And it's one that even I don't have in my collection.

    Jeff
     
  7. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Now that is a beautiful plant! Well done. Now, let's see that furry beauty in the pic!
     
  8. Moose

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    Nicest one I've seen. That photo should be in the Wiki for inspiration. :cool:
     
  9. Central Floridave

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    That is a nice one! Thanks for the photo.
     
  10. Crotonologist

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    Thanks! A couple of real cuties. Sorry, dogs before crotons ;)
     
  12. junglegal

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    Well, since you shared your kids...here are mine. The cats are terrible mousers and the dogs are worthless with protection. It's why I had to buy a gun. LOL
     

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  13. Crotonologist

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    Wow - you shoot mice with a gun?!
    Nice dogs BTW...
     
  14. Moose

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    Yep, just like Marshall Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. :rolleyes:
     

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  15. ScotTi

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    Out for a Micky D's sweet tea run and passing a produce stand something caught my eye. I did 2 quick u-turns, and yes! I scored 2 nice 1gal. Zanzibar's at $4 each. They each now have a new home in a larger pot. My day was made with a sweet tea and two Zanzibar's on the side.
     

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  16. Bullwinkle

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    Very nice deal,sometimes you see nice plants at the wierdest places.
     
  17. Crotonologist

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    Nice score!
    Mine was not much bigger than that when I bought it from Lowe's in some sort of "deco" pot for 20 bucks...
    But, I rarely see this plant for sale around here.
     
  18. ScotTi

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    I have never seen Zanzibar for sale in these parts before. The one I had a few years ago came from Lee. I did a mail-order Zanzibar purchase in Dec. I did not think it looked much like a Zanzibar. Now I know it is not.
     
  19. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Peyton, that's a mighty fine looking Brilliantissima you have there.
     
  20. Crotonologist

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    Thanks Ray - so is Brilliantissima the original name?
     
  21. Crazy for Crotons

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    Yes and it was followed for a number of years by the name Joseph Fondeur.
     
  22. Crotonologist

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    Thanks, nice to know the original name...
     
  23. ScotTi

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    Brilliantissima, Joseph Fondeur, Zanzibar. Ray, Do you know why so many name changes? Here is what I mail purchased as Zanzibar. Leaf is wider, longer and is growing in 1/2 day sun. Any ideas?
     

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    Scott,

    Scour lowes in the small plant area inside. I've seen them but they were marked up because they are trying to sell the fancy pots they were in. 4" size plant for 11.99. I passed.
     
  25. Phil Stager

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    Great looking plant. What are the coldest temps it has seen? I quit trying to grow the very narrow varities like this or Picasso's paintbrush since they rarely make it through a winter here whether in a pot or in the ground, and the few survivors usually die in the spring.
     

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