Trying to save Grandma

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, May 30, 2011.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    I wish there was a way to get Bob Alonso to come see "Grandma". Looking at Dr. Frank Brown's Florida's Beautiful Crotons (1960), we find the first evidence of General MacArthur being described:

    GENERAL McARTHUR: Semi-oak leaf, rather large. Background color a dark green, center of leaf a lovely orange-scarlet. Origin unknown but a very lovely grower. This is not a very old croton.

    Some have suggested that Grandma is General MacAthuresque or from the General MacArthur "complex". Dr. Brown's description is from 1960, and states that "This is not a very old croton". Grandma came from a yard where the man who planted it died in 1961. I suggest that this croton had some significant age in 1961. His descendants were not plant people therefore Grandma was left to survive on her own. No fertilizer, supplemental irrigation, etc ...

    Although there is no concrete evidence, the above suggests that Ray's ID may be appropriate. :)
     

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  2. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    My Ann Rutherford has erupted this year. It's so gratifying because it grows quickly and seems mite-proof. Thanks again Ron for finding this plant and getting it distributed.
     
  3. Native son

    Native son Well-Known Member

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    :confused:Just more mud in the water from my world. I call them the MacArthur ( syndrome)
     

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  4. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Ray - that seems to be the case with this plant. Takes its time establishing then boom ...

    Just curious with some of those plants making it to the West Coast, can't we get Bob Alonzo to take a look for a definitive ID.

    Grandma looks like she is really enjoying all the rain. ;)

    In the both photos - you can see my grass is getting out of hand. :( Its been too wet to mow, it clogs my mulching mower :mad:
     

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  5. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Lamar - here is the "Grandma" thread Jeff was referring to last night.
     

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