Sport getting better with age.

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Central Floridave, Dec 23, 2011.

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  1. Central Floridave

    Central Floridave Active Member

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    This is the mother plant. It is not typically all green and is a well known variety (which escapes me at the moment) (I'm horrible with names).

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  2. Central Floridave

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    Here is the sport I air-layered off the above croton. Its been in the ground a couple years and seems to be getting pretty good. Much different though, which I guess is good and what is expected.
     

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  3. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    That's an amazing sport off Ovalifolium (Cup & Saucer).
     
  4. Crazy for Crotons

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    Dave,

    It's amazing that it's an Ovalifolium sport.
     
  5. Central Floridave

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    I think it is amazing also. When I first discovered the sport, I immediately thought it was from another plant as of course, I have them all grown closed in.

    You know how many times I had to double check to make sure it was on the same stem as the ovalifolium? I'm a little bit of an air head, so I kept looking over and over again!!!

    I air layered it off the ovalifolium. I know that much! Thanks for the name. That one is easy to remember since the leaf shape is oval.

    I keep expecting the sport to revert back to oval leaf but it hasn't done that yet. Maybe when it starts to branch it will. I have taken sports before where they revert back to the mother plant after a year or two.
     
  6. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Dave,

    Any chance you could start me a tiny cutting come springtime?
     
  7. Central Floridave

    Central Floridave Active Member

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    Yes, I'll start one for you. Hopefully it branches out by the spring. Do you know a good way to force the croton to branch out?
     
  8. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Pinch the bud - with any luck you wil get several new branches. (But do not wipe your fingers on your white shirt.)
     
  9. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Tiny? Lol!! Let's get this plant rolling south of the freeze line, down in the Keys. :)
     
  10. Crotonologist

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    Man that is a super nice sport you have there!

    In Crotons of the World Dr. Brown mentions a form of 'Ovalifolium' that "sports more than any other croton"...
     
  11. Central Floridave

    Central Floridave Active Member

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    It must be common. Here is another sport I just noticed.

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  12. Central Floridave

    Central Floridave Active Member

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    here is another angle of the orig. sport. Its reaching for some sun exposure!

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