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Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Aug 3, 2010.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    I found this croton growing out front of a Library yesterday. It is on a southern exposure getting hit by blazing sun. I don't think it has seen mulch or any fertiliser in eons. I want to say Ethel Craig but it looks like too many colors? Calling all who have the croton eye. Remember it is getting "bleached" by alot of sun and the leaves are smaller than typical due to no loving. :rolleyes:
     

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  2. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    A view of the overall plant. :(
     

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  3. Marie Nock

    Marie Nock Well-Known Member

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    Hi Ron,
    I think it's Baron le Compte. If not, then Ben Alexander.
    Marie
     
  4. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Marie,

    These you both mentioned can sometimes be hard to tell apart. I would go with Ben Alexander which has the pinks in it, and Baron le Compte which has more orange than anything else.


    Ron,

    You need to get some cuttings going, or at least some air layers.
     
  5. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Looks like Ben to me. Another of winter's losses. Make sure I get that air layer Ron.
     
  6. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    It is at a public library. Perhaps clandestine rogue airlayering is required. :rolleyes:

    Hey Marie, good to see you posting again. Anything interesting perculating in your shade house? :cool:
     
  7. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Ben Alexander.JPG

    Ben Alexander
    , still quite uncommon. Who else is growing this croton? Do we know the origin or the original hybridist?
     
  8. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Ron, I have Ben, but it is still small and the markings are not as beautiful as yours. Mine has quite a bit of veining and some splotching. I'm hoping as it matures, maybe the markings will get more pronounced? I hope so.
     

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