time to cut back

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by andy, Feb 19, 2013.

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  1. andy

    andy Active Member

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    Alot of faster growing common crotons taking over my palms and others most are 6" plus. Another week or so time to cut back.
     

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  2. koki

    koki Active Member

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    Your crotons look great. Minimal, selective cut-back only, IMO.
     
  3. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    Garden looks great,I would not cut back much
     
  4. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    When you do cut back, please let me know and I'll be there to pick up the cuttings.;)
     
  5. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Air layers - combines pruning and propagation.
     
  6. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Just a light trim "Mr. Haircut Man"...I don't want to look like an Army recruit sir !!!

    Nice garden...easy with the shears. Thanks for sharing the fotos. :)
     
  7. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Hmmmmm - unless your trying to shape or acquire cuttings - why trim? Your palmy-croton look is what I aspire to get the Moose Land to look like one day! :eek:
     
  8. andy

    andy Active Member

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    Hey Moose, the problem is most of these really tall common crotons are hiding my cocothrinax crinitas,and other species of several palms.The big full crotons look great but they a common and (I hate to say this) but cut back down to a 3 gallon size I can enjoy my palms and the crotons grow back.
     
  9. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    Ok,that makes sense when you put it that way.But some of my common crotons are my best varieties.My General Pagget and Stoplight always get the most compliments in my garden :)

     
  10. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Hey - I've wacked back a few like that too. I did it because the plant was so infested with scale that I was afraid I could not get it all with the dense leaves. Of course you need to do it during the active growth season. They came right back.

    I understand now about your trimming, you gotta see the covered up hairy trunk! ;)
     

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