Super Petra before the Jan 2010 freeze

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Crazy for Crotons, Nov 10, 2011.

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  1. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    About 4 years ago, I found 4 Super Petra at the Tyrone Blvd Home Depot in St. Pete mixed in with common Petra. Stupid me bought only one. The one in the photo was in too much shade but when first purchased had a bright rose color that stood out among the Petra. This croton is ultra rare as far as I'm concerned. That was the first and last time I'd seen that croton for sale. Like many of my plants, it too died in the January 2010 freeze. The leaves are round almost Puccini-like. Here's looking at you kid....
     

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  2. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Ray,
    Sorry to hear about your loss. I remember you telling me when you first lost it. And like you said, it is extreamly rare to come across a plant. Maybe, just maybe, one of these will show up for the auction at the upcoming meeting on the 19th. Instead of bringing singles and fives, it might be best to bring a few tens and twenties. I'm hearing there might be a few ultra rare plants show up.
    Jeff
     
  3. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    A picture of your Super Petra would be a nice post here Mr. Searle. :rolleyes:

    I would post a picture of mine if I was fortunate enough to have one. :(
     
  4. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Here is a picture of Jeff's Super Petra found in another thread. I think I saw this plant at his place this Summer. Should be able to see it this weekend if Rob's hooves haven't stomped it ... :rolleyes:
     

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  5. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    That sure would look good in my garden.
     
  6. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    I think it would look good in anyone's garden. Does anyone else have this plant? I hope it's not on the brink of extinction.....
     
  7. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    I hope the one at auction isn't only the second in existence besides the one in your garden.
     
  8. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that's great that somebody's bringing one. And wouldn't this plant qualify as..."Rare as Hen's teeth"?

    Friday morning I'm going to take a walk and see what plants I'm bringing. Along with all the tables,chairs,tent,etc,etc.
     
  9. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    I hope you can spare another of your many Monarch's :),I missed the last one that was at the sale

     
  10. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Rarer than hen's teeth.
     
  11. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Jeff brought one to the Ramble. I think it lasted about 10 minutes before someone found it. The large General Marshall was gone two minutes later. Another lady seeing the General Marshall get sold asked for another, problem was - it was the only one there. :(

     
  12. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    Why is this "super"? For that matter, why is any Croton "super" anything? I remember seeing "Super Dreadlocks" that Kurt Decker grew. They were simply three 3-gallon Dreadlocks that he bought at Home Depot and grew in the shade. They had great red and orange color and of course, a $150 price! Why isn't this Croton - Super Petra - simply called by another made up name? Lord Mucky Muck or something like that?
     
  13. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Ricky,

    I have no idea who named it Super Petra and why he/she used the word "Super". It's just a word, so don't look into it too seriously. All I know is, that there are very,very few of these around anymore, when at one time it was a tad more common(?). It is a very pretty croton and on the slow side. Just like many others we know all too well.
     
  14. Sergey

    Sergey Active Member

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    I came across this variety named as “Rina” in old Holland and Australian catalogues.
     

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  15. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Sergey, you too have Super Petra.
     

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