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Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by putu enjula, Jul 24, 2009.

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  1. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    Needless to say we were inspired by all the great posts!!
    We got a few cuttings to start our collection!
     

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  2. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    They look good now... lol.
     

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  3. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    I am really fascinated with this one!
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  4. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I really really like those weird leaves... reminds me of clown balloon.
     

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  5. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    They are so photogenic!!
     

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  6. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    Finally done potting... no special treatment for these guys... survival of the fittest! Hopefully they'll live!


    I'll do an update after they lose all their leaves:p
     

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  7. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Angela,

    Boy, I think somebody's getting bit by the croton bug. You'll be amazed on how well they'll stand out in your garden after being planted. I like to refer to them as adding a "splash" of color.

    I look forward to seeing them soon (wink,wink).


    Jeff
     
  8. Borgy230

    Borgy230 Active Member

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    Those are truely some amazing crotons!
    Lee, Ray, know any of the names? I cant guess any. Angela, have any to share!? We need to get these spread out on the mainland here!
     
  9. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    I've always liked them but I've been so busy propagating tis and collecting berries etc.
    Also the ones in our garden that Dean has had for a while have been very slow growing but it looks like now they are picking up speed.
    When we got the cuttings I found some seeds... is it hard growing them from seed?
     
  10. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    Is the one with the weird leaf shape in post #3 common? I've never seen a leaf narrow down to its middle vein before and then pop back out.
     
  11. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    I suppose it could be arranged :)
     
  12. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    Angela,
    Your crotons are great ones! I would suggest that, to give them a rooting head start, to:
    1. Cut off the largest lower leaves all together
    2. Cut the remaining leaves in half.
    3. Scrape off the outer edge of 'bark' from the stem leaving only a tan stem. Do this for say, 4 inches up the stem, if possible.
    4. Use a root tone power to help root establishment.
    5. Make certain that they do not move while being rooted. If they blow around, then rooting will have a difficult time.
    6. Keep the soil damp, but not wet. A misting every day may be beneficial as well.

    You should have a nicely rooted croton with 12 weeks or so.

    Welcome to the croton bug!
     
  13. Croton1

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    Hi Angela

    There are maybe 5 or 6 known varieties that interrupt, (that's what it's called), but I have seen quite a few newer hybrids that have come up recently as seedlings and propagated by hybridizers.

    Although you can't tell which variety it is:

    1- It's awesome, very nice colors and seriously interrupting!
    2- There are never enough interrupted plants propagated. Dr. Brown has always tried to encourage hybridizers to concentrate on the interrupted leaves, since there are so few varieties.
    3- Is that really a purple/pink coloring on the leaf?

    Oh, by the way, welcome to the obsession...........

    Lee
     

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  14. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    Hi Lee,
    The color is a little off but it is close. The underside is a purplish-red rather than a orangey red (like the top of the leaves).
     
  15. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    Here's an update. They are in the wilting stage. I thought I would try the "stick 'em in the ground" method first (because I can always get another round of these cuttings). I have not done any prepping of any kind... no trimming of leaves, no root tone... nothing... I'm experimenting.
     

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  16. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    I collected some seeds when we got these cuttings and planted them on July 23. Here's an update:
     

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  17. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    Update! I went to move some pots (of the cuttings) and I heard a "rrrip!" Ooops.. the roots were coming out the bottom already! :)
     
  18. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Angela, How about some updated pictures of your Crotons.
     
  19. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Scott,

    Great idea! How about it Angela? I'm sure some of these from last year are pretty big by now.
     
  20. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Angela, We are waiting for your updated pictures.
     
  21. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    And still waiting ... :rolleyes:
     

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