Not A Bad Deal

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by ScotTi, Jan 16, 2011.

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  1. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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  2. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Nice score Scott!
     
  3. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    My local Lowe's has at least 20 of them in tiptop shape.it is great to see a once rare croton available to all :)
     
  4. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    I would have gotten all they had at 2.49 if we were at the end of Feb. These will be house plants for now.
     
  5. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Pretty amazing isn't it? Just a couple of years ago, a very nicely grown 7gallon plant was brought to the croton society garden tour at my house and it was auction off for I think $185. Two years ago this plant was extreamly rare to find. How things can change very quickly.

    Jeff
     
  6. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    I am also surprised at the spread of this magnificent croton.I am always tempted to buy these when I see the in the stores.I already have 3 so I cannot justify anymore purchases.I understand they have been mass produced in costa rica.I cannot wait to see 5-6 foot examples everywhere 5 -10 years from now.If they are maintained they will be spectacular.

     
  7. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Jeff Searle...you mention magnificent is being mass produced in Costa Rica. Would you have the name of the nursery and where it's located ? I would like to purchase a couple. Bob
     
  8. Moose

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    Bob - while surfing the internet, I found the nursery but can not remember the name. I think this variety is condusive to being able to be tissued cultured. That would be the reasoning of so many becoming available in such a short time. I will try to find the name (website) for you.

    Ron. :)
     
  9. Moose

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  10. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    Hey, remember Dreadlocks? Somebody mass produced them 7 or 8 years ago and then those knuckleheads off SR84 drove around the state collecting them. They stuffed 2 three-gallon plants into a seven and were selling them for $100. I was working for Delray Garden Center back then and put five of them into a job on the beach at $350 a piece!!! Now, you can buy a nice three-gallon plant most the year for under $10. Just shows you what a Croton is really worth.
     
  11. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Bob - here is the link to their Costa Rican farm:

    http://www.foremostco.com/ornamentales_sapo_verde.aspx

    Ron. :)
     
  12. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    It is called supply and demand :) But $350??This sounds a little wild:eek::eek:

     
  13. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    For "mooseknuckle"...thanks for the info. They are located in Limon...that's about a 3 hour drive from my home. I'll call them later today and ascertain if they work with any local nurseries around San Jose. Thanks again...Bob
     
  14. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    This was on a landscape job where even the Mondo Grass was planted in seven-gallon cans. We planted two Bismarck Palms, one on either side of the main entrance, that had to be brought in by crane. I was just going through my old spreadsheets and found the original quote to the customer - $55,000 - not including the pavers.
     
  15. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Here is my contribution to this thread. :cool:

    This croton variety lives up to it's name. ;)
     

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