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Rarest of the Rare Crotons

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by TikiRick, Jul 28, 2009.

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  1. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    I have just been awarded CoverGirl, Flamingo, and SunRay.
    Just how rare are these cultivars?

    What is the rarest of the rare....that it could actually be an urban legend??:)
     
  2. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    All three are rare. Sunray is a 100+ year old hybrid but you just don't see it around.
     
  3. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Rick,

    CoverGirl would be considered very rare. Does it match up pretty good with the photo in the book? It came from a reliable source? It's one that almost none of us have, including me.
    I have Flamingo, which I would consider pretty hard to find and Sunray is around a little.

    Are these cuttings you have to root, or already established plants? A nice group none the less.


    Jeff
     
  4. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    Jeff and Ray,

    No, they are only cuttings. I am hoping for the best! Root-tone and rain!
     
  5. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    Can we see some pics??
     
  6. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Angela,

    By any chance, do you or Dean own the Croton Book written by B. Frank Brown? His first book, Florida's Beautiful Crotons was printed in 1960 and sold for $5.95. It's now considered a collector's book and can be found on ebay sometimes. The last I heard, when you found one, would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of around $75. Nowadays, it might be a little cheaper.

    His second book, Crotons of the World, was written in the mid 90's. This one is much nicer because of all the color photographs.

    When I just recently visited him, I asked him if he would ever consider writing a third book , with so many new varieties offered today his answer was a stern,no.


    Jeff
     
  7. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Rick,

    Any updates on these varieties on if you were able to root them or not? A picture? Thanks,

    Jeff
     
  8. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    I have recently purchased both books. Your pricing is accurate. More croton fans than books available.
     
  9. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Jeff,

    Sorry for missing this earlier, but the answer is no. Maybe it's time for you and Andrea to start a new publishing project. A new up to date book would be nice. :)
     
  10. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Rick - did the cuttings take? Any photos of these rare gems would be appreciated! :cool:

    Ron. :)
     
  11. Jerry@TreeZoo

    Jerry@TreeZoo Well-Known Member

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    I told Jeff that he should write a new book a long time ago. Jeff and Ray and maybe Judy as co-authors and Ryan as photographer.

    Of course the thing that would put the project over the top is a forward by me!
     
  12. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    I'd buy it!
     
  13. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Come on Rick, pleeeeaaassssseeeeee post photos of these rare cultivars! :rolleyes:
     
  14. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Rick,

    It would be nice when you get a chance. BTW, thanks again for the Duncan Macaw.
     
  15. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Yah, what she said ! :)

     
  16. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Duncan Macaw.jpg Duncan Macaw
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014

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