Wilma

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by annafl, Mar 7, 2013.

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  1. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Hi, I'm hoping you all will help me with this question. I have a very small Wilma that I'd like to plant in the ground. Can you tell me what light conditions she prefers? I know most crotons like filtered sun, but I have a lot of shade in my yard created by my oak trees. Will she color up nicely in shade? I have a spot around the north side of my home where I was hoping to plant crotons. It gets shade, albeit bright, no-direct-sun-shade all winter, and full, afternoon sun in summer. It is a trouble spot because of these conditions. Can any crotons tolerate this area? Thanks in advance!:)
     
  2. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    Hi Anna, Wilma will color up very nicely in the shade.
     
  3. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Thanks. Do you happen to know how big it will get under good circumstances?
     
  4. koki

    koki Active Member

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    The only drawback to a northern exposure is dry north winds from cold fronts. Crotons that are irrigated will handle it better. Wind barriers help a lot.
     
  5. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Wilma has been slow for me here in St. Pete - and Mona Lisa (as in your other post) is even slower. Some crotons are not vigorous growers.
     
  6. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    You've all helped me find a better spot for Wilma. Thanks so much. Phil, maybe I'll chance it and pinch the Mona Lisa as well and see what happens.
     
  7. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    I have found Wilma to take lots of shade and have very nice colors. A while back, I drove down to Key Largo and saw a whole slew of Wilmas planted in full, blasting sun. They were pretty healthy, but their colors were bleached out and leaves were smaller.And they were a good 4-5' tall. Hope this helps some.

    Jeff
     
  8. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Thanks, Jeff, very helpful. I think I'll put her where she gets just a couple of hours of sun this time of year. Thanks again everyone.

    Ana
     
  9. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Wilma has been a slow one for me. Now in its third growing season in the ground, its starting to move some ... :eek:

    The three year rule keeps ringing true ;)
     

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  10. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    This plant should be renamed Colonel Mike Bullock for its very strong resemblance to brother Bob Bullock
     
  11. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Now Raaaay, we've been through this before. If you had a Wilma and a Colonel Bob Bullock side by side, you would see that their really quite different from each other. Maybe a weekend trip from the frigid colds of Tampa down to sunny south Florida is in due. Lol.
     
  12. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Wilma.jpg Wilma with some color going on
     
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  13. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Ron, what great color you have going on with Wilma!!! She's gorgeous. How much light is she in?
     
  14. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    Wilma in the shade:cool:
     
  15. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Wow:eek:, Randy, another amazing Wilma!!! Incredible color. What a great cultivar. Mine is very pretty, but not as striking as either one of yours. I will post in the next couple of days. Don't have time early morning today before sun is out shining on it. Thanks so much for posting, guys, it gives me hope of what my Wilma can/may be! Wow!
     

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