Planted 4 Today

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Aug 22, 2013.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Got motivated and planted 4 crotons today. That may not sound like alot but it is a major undertaking with all my hard limestone I gotta chip out of the holes. Two not only had limestone but masses of palm roots to deal with. A labor of love.
    In the ground now!
    Playboy - from a 10 gallon container
    Mosaic - also in a 10 gallon container
    Faye Miller - from a three gallon
    Pam Kiefert - Yeah! I finally got her in the ground.
     
  2. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Those are some great varieties, especially the Playboy. And from a 10 gallon pot? Jeeeez, how big was the plant?
     
  3. palmisland

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    "Yep, I dug a hole & now Pam's in the ground" It just doesn't sound right:rolleyes:
     
  4. Kipjanet

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    Did she put up a good fight?
     
  5. donroberth

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    Hi Moose...good news about the 4 CROTONS you planted. Where are the FOTOS :confused::confused::confused:
     
  6. Moose

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    A three foot fatty :eek:
     
  7. Moose

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    At least I fed her. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Moose

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    Actually she kinda resigned herself to the fact that I was determined. :rolleyes:
     
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    Playboy 1.JPG Playboy 2.JPG Playboy 3.JPG
    Thanks Jeff. As I was showing Pam (the wife not the croton) the new installations yesterday, I was thinking man these are some cool looking plants.

    Here is the Playboy with its nice big leaves.
     
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  10. Moose

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    After chipping out alot of rock - I hit a nice pocket of sand between two boulders.
     

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  11. Savannah

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    Ron,
    Those are really nice!
     
  12. Moose

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    Here is the rock I had to chip out. The third photo is the 10 gallon container that the Playboy was in.
     

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  13. Moose

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    Playboy After Dark 1.JPG Playboy After Dark 2.JPG I was digging another hole and the sun was setting so ... a couple of "Playboy After Dark" ;)
     
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  14. Moose

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    Hey Savannah! Thank you for your compliment. Everyone, this is Savannah (screen name). She was checking out some croton photos on the IPS forum and I directed her to our forum. She lives in Tampa and loves crotons!

    Welcome Savannah!!! :D
     
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    Faye Miller 1.JPG Faye Miller 2.JPG Faye Miller 3.JPG This is Faye Miller. A relatively slow cultivar that picked up some size this summer.
     
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  16. Moose

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    Faye Miller N.JPG Faye Miller in the shadows as the sun was going down
     
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  17. Savannah

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    Thank you for the warm welcome. I'm happy to be a member here. :D
    I look forward to building a nice collection of crotons starting next spring.
     
  18. Kipjanet

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    I just love the sexy centerfold
     
  19. donroberth

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    Nice fotos Moose...thanks for posting.:)
     
  20. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Robertico, how about more of your collected photos for the wiki?;)
     
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    Hi Anna...COLUMBIANA coming your way (FORUM) this weekend...:eek:
     
  22. palmisland

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    I'm still trying to get my Playboy cutting to root. I'm envious.:p
     
  23. Jeff Searle

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    Welcome Savannah! Hope to see some of your pictures of your garden someday.
     
  24. Jeff Searle

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    Wow Ron, that's one nice looking AND big Playboy. It took me 2 years to get my that size. That's one nice addition to anyone's yard!
     
  25. Moose

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    The Playboy came to me as a rooted cutting in a 4" container from Keith. I gotta say everything I get from Keith just seems to do extremely well. You may want to PM him and learn his technique for Playboy. ;)
     
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    Mosaic 1.JPG Mosaic 2.JPG Mosaic 3.JPG Mosaic 4.jpg Hey guys and gals - Pam actually looked at this thread - she never looks at this forum! I was cracking up at the "pam in the ground" comments and she wanted to see what was so funny. She loved the humor. I think she likes the crotonhead personalities she has encountered more than the plants.

    Here is the Mosiac I got into the ground. It was the other croton I had in a 10 gallon container. What a pain to dig the hole. I follow the old axiom "dig a $5.00 hole for a 50 cent plant. Well it needed to get into the ground since it looked like it was not gonna do much more in the container. Hopefully its gonna get much fatter in mother earth.
     
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    Mosiac N.JPG Here is the Mosaic as the sun was setting. Daddy tucked her in to go night-night. She needs her rest so she can start expanding her roots into all that yummy-yummy amended soil with a liberal amount of time released mineral salts added.

    This croton came from Randy. He stopped by about three years ago and asked "do you have a Mosaic?" I said I wish I did. He went to the back of his SUV and yoked out this plant in a three gallon container saying: "Now you do". It was a very nice suprise! :)
     
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    Pam Kiefert 1.JPG Pam Kiefert 2.jpg Pam Kiefert 3.JPG Spent many an hour contemplating where to put Pam Kiefert in the ground. There never is a perfect spot. Always some limiting factor - too much sun, not enough sun, Mango bombs, Avocado bombs, falling Royal Palm fronds, to close to the fence ...

    Decided that she needed to go just west of the Copernicia hospita palm. She will get some direct sun a bit and then strong filtered sun in the late afternoon. On the south side of the garden, the house will be a wind barrier protecting her from the cold winds during cold fronts. She will be getting a fair amount of sun during the winter time as the sun shifts to the south. The winter sun is much less harsh and a shorter duration. I've been moving her around in the container for months. It appears that she can take a fair amount of sun exposure and still maintain good colors.

    Pam Kiefert in the ground in the late afternoon.
     
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  29. annafl

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    Ron, she looks so pretty and happy to have her own spot, that I had to take a new photo for the wiki to show her off in this better lighting. Thanks. Keep us posted of her progress.

    Ana
     
  30. Moose

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    Pam at Sunset 1.JPG Pam at Sunset 2.JPG There was a follow-up post of mine that disaapeared into cyberspace. It had a rambling diatribe that no one was gonna read anyway ... :rolleyes:

    A 2.5 foot hole was prepared for the Pam Kiefert. Lots of roots were encountered in the top 12 inches of soil. The removed native soil (mostly rock) was sifted so that only rocks of 1" or smaller would be used for planting. 10% composted mulch, 10% of composted oak leaves plus 5% peat moss was thoroughly mixed with the native soil. The bottom of the hole was also lined with composted oak leaf mulch to help with rention of moisture. Hopefully these soil amendments will aid a rapid establishment. Honestly, I was expecting a more substantial root ball when I removed Pam from the container.

    Here are a couple of more shots of Pam Kiefert as the sun was dipping below the horizon.
     
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    Oh - another big hole is starting. Stay tuned, I'll post what got planted there in another thread ... :p
     

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    Mosiac.jpg Update on Mosiac
     
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