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what a difference a year makes

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by pocomo, Jan 12, 2011.

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  1. pocomo

    pocomo Active Member

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    This croton was one of the nicest in the yard. The cassia, trunk in background, died over last winter ( the sulfer butterflies continually ate it and the cold finished it off) leaving no shade. Then my neighbor must of weed and feeded the croton nearly to death. Any way I would like to know the name of it.Second pic is now. Tried to shade it with spanish moss ( thought maybe it would shade lower leaves) but didn't seem to work. Ya think. lol . I really liked that plant. I do have other pieces but none as nice.
    Chris
     

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  2. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Chris - I do not know what the name of that croton from last year. Your current photo is known as the cultivar Deadlocks. :p Just kidding, perhaps someone with a superior croton eye would care to chime in.

    Maybe the Croton Guru would like to attempt an ID other than "unnamed hybrid" ? :rolleyes:
     
  3. Croton Guru

    Croton Guru Banned

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    LOL not me thats your job :rolleyes: Im sure you will find a colorful name for it.
     
  4. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Chris,

    That's pretty unfortunate to see the decline this croton went through. My guess would be that if this plant was in some more shade, it would probably be an awesome looking plant. As far as an id goes, maybe Kentucky? But I'm very unsure on my guess. But thankfully you have some peices of it growing and the plant won't be lost.
    Jeff
     
  5. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Chris - Did the pieces root? Are there any mature leaves that may aid with an ID? :confused:


    Please post some photos if you can. I am curious as to what was the croton that met its demise. :(
     
  6. pocomo

    pocomo Active Member

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    Actually I made no more cuttings but I will now. Amazingly the plant has come back and my newest effort was to plant a little cassia or senna at its base, you can see it in the bottom right, hoping in not too much time it will give the croton the shade it deserves.
     

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  7. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Come on Chris, get some instant shade on that poor thing, and throw a heap of fertilizer on it now, the rains will do it wonders. And treat it as if it's the last known plant......get some cuttings going!

    Jeff
     
  8. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    I've seen it and it is slowly coming back. Perhaps 20-20-20 soluble fertilizer every 14 days will help crank it up? :rolleyes:
     
  9. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Chris, do I need to come down and personally fertilize it myself?
     
  10. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    With that many stems, I'd throw at least 2 air layers on even this late in the season.
     
  11. pocomo

    pocomo Active Member

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    Well it was looking better but now it's got the scale and I'm working on getting rid of that. Ahhhhh! All in time. Chris
     

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