The Moth

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Aug 3, 2011.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    This one is going into the ground this weekend! :cool:
     

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  2. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    The Moth was looking like crap a couple of months ago. The rains and Summer heat and humidity really made this croton jump in growth. :)
     

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  3. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Ron, The Moth it is quite possibly one of the wimpiest crotons as far as cold is concerned. When I saw Marie at Fairchild earlier this year, we discussed this pretty cultivar. She told me she doesn't grow it anymore. I've lost it twice now and got an air layer from the Glock's at the July meeting for a third try. Their plant in FMY is a monster but even Judy said it struggled this past year. Mine will be in the greenhouse when the temp dips below 45F along with other tenders this winter. By contrast, it's sister seedling Madam Butterfly is as cold resistant as a croton gets in my experience.
     
  4. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    If this variety is so cold sensitive, good old Veitchii is a pretty good substitute; see attached pics - not a lot of difference except for the darker red petioles on Moth
     

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  5. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Very true Phil. I've often referred to The Moth as mini-Veitchii.
     
  6. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    I want it.
     
  7. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Actually The Moth got planted today. If you see the concete pillar in one of my posted pictures, it was planted behind it. On top of the pillar is a 10 gallon clay pot with an Alocasia Stingray. The palm seen is Licuala ramsayi. It is next to a unseen Licuala grandis. Mixed amongst the palms and the pillar the following crotons got planted: Duncan Macaw, Nellie Halgrim, Stain Glass, Tiger Eye and Angel Wing.

    The Moose is tired and will be hitting the bed soon. :p
     
  8. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Hopefully an air layer from the mother plant in post #1 will be ready for the auction. :)

    Croton Tour in 14 Days! :cool:
     
  9. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    The Moth is really The Wimp.
     
  10. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Not in the Moose Land :eek:
     

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