Queen Victoria

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Phil Stager, Jul 29, 2011.

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  1. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    This cultivar has always been a weak grower for me. Purchased two 5 ft tall plants some years ago. Great looker initially. However, almost every other winter they defoliated and with the past two ^%$#@! winters here, they went into rapid decline. The largest one got its final pruning today before the root system gets dug up. What little new growth that came back this year went into a fast wilt mode the past week. See attached pics. Note the exfoliated bark even at the base - about 1.5" diameter.
     

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  2. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Phil, I'd try a new clone before you give up on the variety altogether. You may just have had a wimpier version. Aside from Jan 2010, I've never had a problem with mine.
     
  3. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    Looks like the top died as a result of the damaged main trunk...
     
  4. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Phil - with so many other cultivars around, I would use the space for a different one. You take really good care of your plants, why frustrate yourself again with another Queen Victoria ? :confused:

    Just my opinion. :)
     
  5. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    The one in the pic - or what's left of it - gets the heave-ho as soon as I get enough ambition to dig it out; one on the other or south side of the house is not in much better shape.
     
  6. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Well Phil, is it in the giant mulch pile in the sky now? :confused:


    LOL :D

     
  7. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Long gone
     
  8. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    What did you put in its place? ;)
     
  9. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Rudy Bachman - you'd never know the old Queen Victoria was there
     
  10. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    Can someone post a good picture of Queen Victoria? I bought a small one at the last meeting and have yet to plant it out. Full sun? How large does she get? Slow grower?
     
  11. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    mine were single trunk in part shade - emphasis on past tense - about 5 ft tall in 15 gal pots when purchased, so they can get big. These were apparently a nursery close-out deal. Growth was moderate, but the cold got 'em once too many times.
     
  12. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Semi-shaded, pretty fast. Heavy afternoon sun may give you washed out coloring like mine.
     

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