Searching for "Pixie Abilene"

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Jerry Shilling, Sep 14, 2013.

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  1. Jerry Shilling

    Jerry Shilling Well-Known Member

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    I could sure use your help in evaluating the three following hybrids. They are from the same seed cluster as "Daisy's Dance" & "Daisy Christine". It would be pretty neat if one of these would be worthy of "Pixie Abilene" since they are sisters.

    The following photos were taken this summer between June 15th & August 10th. They were planted this past spring and are beginning to take off.


    First up is JLS10110025
     

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  2. Jerry Shilling

    Jerry Shilling Well-Known Member

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    Next is JLS10110026

    Good grower, I planted this one next to Mortii. Similiar leaves contrasting red & yellow. Reminds me of Cardinal but better color I think.
     

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  3. Jerry Shilling

    Jerry Shilling Well-Known Member

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    Last one is JLS10110027

    Key characteristic is it's undulating oak-leaf. Very light sensitive. Wide variation branch to branch, depending on the varying degrees of direct sun.
    Does well with a lot of sun...smaller leaf but no serious bleaching.

    The value in this plant may be as a breeder. Very prolific flower producer - constant orgy going on. I plan on crossing this plant a great deal this winter.

    The last 2 photos are of a cutting that was a palm frond casuality from a year ago. It has been in the shade. I will bring this one to the Glock tour in November. Trade or auction.

    Is anyone aware of an undulating oak-leaf? I don't think this one will measure up to Pixie, but I thought I would name it "Zigzag".
     

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  4. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Dang Jerry. now I know why you are seeking recommendations. What a quandry, all are exceptional cultivars in my opinion.

    The first has wonderful veining. Coloring could become very interesting.

    The second has the best coloring IMO. Very nice leaf shape as well.

    The third - look at that unique leaf shape. Undulating lamina on an oak shaped leaf - gotta love that.

    Can't decide on a pick. Perhaps you should go with the one that is the most vigorous plant to name Pixie Abilene. Better chance that the more vigorous one to flourish in a large variety of gardens that can cultivate crotons. :)
     
  5. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Jerry, All 3 look great! I really like the look of the last one. :cool: The "Zigzag" name fits it also. Thanks for sharing the photos.
     
  6. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Jerry, they're all winners. Can't go wrong on this one. Maybe Jodi and her husband should vote. However, I vote for 027. What great undulation! That is incredibly unique and eye catching. Just like Daisy Christine is all about color, Daisy's Dance is all about leaf shape, this one is all about undulations! Makes you want to smile and seems fun like a roller coaster ride- or a pixie. I love it. I can picture a mature plant- would catch the eye for sure. Just my two cents. Congrats again on Pixie!
     
  7. Judy Glock

    Judy Glock Active Member

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    Jim and I went over to Jerry's house yesterday to evaluate the future "Pixie Abilene" croton candidates! Having studying them for hours, while helping ourselves to Jerry's cold beer,we decided we should just take a cutting of each, since they were all 4-6 ft tall and we could not make an "on the spot" decision! Brought them back to our place so we could study them further!;)
     
  8. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Judy,

    You might want to double check those cuttings. With all the beers Jim consumed, he might of cut Petras, and Mammeys. For that matter, I wouldn't let Jim hold any clippers, just the zip-loc baggy.
     
  9. Jim Glock

    Jim Glock Active Member

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    Jeff, you must be smoking something if you think there are any Petras or Mammeys growing in Jerry,s garden.

    That would be like a Queen Palm growing in your yard
     
  10. Jerry Shilling

    Jerry Shilling Well-Known Member

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    All I can say, is when the cat's away, the mice will play. lol
     
  11. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Drinks your beer and then takes cuttings from your plants - hmmmm, hope your cat is OK :rolleyes:

    Jerry - if forced to make a choice, leaning towards the third selection. Perhaps you need to change you user name to "The Pollinator" LOL :D
     

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