Thai hybrid - Sum Yung Gi?

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Jan 10, 2012.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Visited Mike (Bullwinkle) this last Saturday. He gave me this Thai hybrid that he took and rooted this cutting. What is most interesting about this Thai hybrid is that the mother plant has been in the ground for the past 9 years. Actually survived the winter events two years ago. :cool:
     

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  2. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    How tall is the mother plant after 9 years?
     
  3. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Mike described it as being rather large. I will have to defer to him for the details, having never seen it myself. :(
     
  4. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    I have 3 or 4 Thai hybrids that have survived longer than 6 years. None of them have more than five leaves. None of them are taller than 18". If I recall correctly, they were $25 each and I bought 10 of them. The best looking of the lot, and not even worthy of a photo, I call "Who Flung Dung".
     
  5. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    The mother plant is around 7ft and very,very full.It was part of 100 Thai plants that the owner brought in 8 years ago_Only 7-8 are left and of those only 3-4 look good.They have all been exposed to the last two winters so the ones that are alive are definitely cold hardy.He had around 20 varieties that were alive in the ground up to winter 2009.Just the 8 survivors are left,he said that he some of the 20 survivors were spectacular before Dec 2009.....
    It looks like Thai varieties have around 5% survival here,not very good odds!!
     
  6. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Here's a few from over here in St. Pete: The large colorful one is a purchase from Cleo at the Fall USF Sale and is holding up well this winter. The other two have been in the ground 5+ years; to call them slow is an understatement
     

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