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Tortise Shell - another slow grower

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by fawnridge, Sep 17, 2009.

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  1. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    8 or 9 years old from a cutting from a plant in East Boca. The original plant was chopped down and tossed in the trash a week after I got my cuttings. This one is just three feet tall.

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  2. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    A nice plant, and your's is showing great color. It is a very slow grower. When it starts to get some size to it, you'll find it throws alot of blotchy sports off the stems. Nothing real pretty, but it does it alot.

    Jeff
     
  3. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    You guys have seen Rick Leitner's TS right? That one doesn't look like a slow grower.
     
  4. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    I asked rick about it as a matter of fact. If my recollections are correct, he said it was not a fast grower. :)
     
  5. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    I have cuttings in the ground for 2 years that look exactly the same as when they were planted.
     
  6. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Rick also hits plants with liquid love (water soluble fertilizer).
     
  7. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Nutricote realy works well for me. Tortoise Shell is slow but I've got others slower than that. The Spirale I got from Jeff last year is really slow.
     
  8. Central Floridave

    Central Floridave Active Member

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    That is a unique looking leaf form. I've never seen that one before. thanks for the photo. I see why its called Tortoise Shell. Good name for it due to its reported slow growth and shell-like leaf.
     
  9. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    Four rooted cuttings from that same plant. These have been in the ground for over a year.

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  10. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    They look great Ricky! :eek: Thanks for posting the photo. I don't care how slow they are, the are on the top of my aquisition list. :cool:

    Ron. :)
     
  11. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Ron, am I seeing a $400 croton in your future?
     
  12. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    :rolleyes: :confused: :eek: :cool:
     

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