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I acquired this Croton some years ago from Harold Lee as a "unnamed" Davis hybrid. It is a nice looking Croton in the late summer and into the late fall. The first bit of temps around 40f this one drops 50% of its leaves. Is there anything I can do to help make it not do the leaf drop routine and having to start from scratch each spring?
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I mean no disrespect Scott but isn't 40 too cold for almost all crotons? At that temp, I would consider that percentage of leaf drop a win.
Bren, No disrespect taken. I have not had a problem with the other Crotons that I still maintain until the mid 30s. The others that gave me problems around 40 are no longer in my garden. The only reason I kept this one is that it makes a fast comeback. My Croton numbers have dropped big time as I weed out the wimps. My favorite Zanzibar is no longer grown and my second favorite P. paintbrush ( in pots and come inside on the cold nights the last few winters) have found a new home and will be leaving me soon. :(
Magnesium is a mineral that may make plants more resilient against cold damage. It is a very important component in the production of chlorophyll. The use of Epsom salt (Magnesium sulfate) can be beneficial as a short term amendment. For Magnesium to get properly metabolized in a plant, it is dependent on Potassium. That is why I am a big proponent of the use of K-Mag, especially this time of year. Since most Florida soils have poor quantities of Potassium - K-Mag is an excellent mineral amendment for all plants, especially palms.
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