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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Nov 3, 2017 1:01 AM CST
Here I am with a disaster! I won't lie and say I'm ok I'm over stressed and this is too too sad!!
My plants sit on stands inside the house for winter. While I was away yesterday one of my stands legs gave out!!!!! One fell into another then another!!! No kidding !! I have a half of a dozen plants that were dropped from 2 to 4 ft ! Several were uprooted! My large Crouton looks like someone took a large knife and just started chopping off the leaves right of the stem. Omg you have no I dea how terrible it looks but it was so perfectly beautiful!
So before I start crying again. Here is one of my questions.
Can I propagate crouton leaves? I have about 15 leaves all very large healthy leaves with no damage to the leaves some how it clipped them mostly at the stem...
I thought I had seen some plants can be propagated by foliage or the leaf itself?

I'll add pics soon. I have many more questions. I will be trying to post tomorrow morning as I am trying to get these plants back together.
My money tree was trashed! Uprooted! Also had foliage like chopped off! Its all just a huge mess!
I have a small crouton that was completely Uprooted too! Several plants lost a lot of soil ... wow a mess!
Thanks for reading everyone. .
Name: Christine
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Christine
Nov 3, 2017 5:06 AM CST
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Nov 3, 2017 7:27 AM CST
Very specific plants grow from leaves...
Croton grow from limb cuttings.
Most of those plants should be fine, as long as you repotted them before the roots dried out.
Can't tell you how often bare-root plants have rode home in the back of the pickup truck, and didn't get planted until the next day... And still lived!
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plantladylin
Nov 3, 2017 10:25 AM CST
Blinking So sorry for your mishap and the mess you have to clean up ... it's always so frustrating when stuff like that happens! Angry

I have Crotons (Codiaeum) growing in my yard as well as potted in containers. Over the years, I've had pots tip over and leaves and branches smashed but the plants have always survived. Crotons are grown as landscape hedges here in Florida and pruned and lopped at regular intervals by homeowners and landscaping crews! You can't get new plants by trying to root leaves (only stem cuttings as stone mentioned) but new foliage will grow when old leaves are broken or pruned off.

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plantmanager
Nov 3, 2017 10:41 AM CST
Aw Pamela, what a bummer and a lot of work, but your plants will be fine if you got them re-potted right away. You can't use the croton leaves for propagation, but if they're pretty colors why not use them as decoration. I can see a bowl of pretty croton leaves.
These things happen sometimes, and you just have to roll with it. Enjoy your plants!
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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Nov 3, 2017 11:10 PM CST
Pamela you would be surprised at how tough many plants can be. After a good night's sleep you will be more optimistic about how many you can save, if not all. nodding I'm rooting for you. Thumbs up (pardon the pun)
Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Nov 4, 2017 12:35 AM CST
An opportunity for replanting in fresh soil maybe?
Name: Pamela Gregory
Md (Zone 6b)
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PamelaLynn77
Nov 26, 2017 1:25 AM CST
These are some of the crouton leaves I lost from the plant.
I used mod podge glue put on few coats. There very pretty!! I dont know how long they will last . So far they still look brand new. I figured its gonna last few months?? Idk
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Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
Nov 26, 2017 10:53 AM CST
Hi Pamela. How are all your "fallen down" plants doing? Hope they all made a good recovery. Smiling
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Nov 26, 2017 11:46 AM CST
Frenchy, Thanks for asking . Unfortunately I lost 2 small croutons. I'd been working with 4 or 5 sets of crouton plants , I was trying to idk... make this pot I had imagined in my mind. I'll add a pic to help you see my idea some.
I found these 2 croutons plants on sale they were only few dollars. They are about 5 to 7/8 inches tall. Varied. . I guess I was trying to make a fairy garden type thingybob.
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In the photo above.. " I hope" is the vase like pot " I got on clearance 😉" I am using for the taller pieces I still have growing in there as you see. One part of the plant didnt make it in the tall pot. As you can see there is only 2 sections of crouton left in the pot.
In another container I had 3/4 other Croutons growning and they were going to be a part of a 2 pot fairy garden. I like to sit smaller plants inside my bigger plants such as I have a yucca in a large pot, and in side that pot I have a small flower pot growing a vince vine in it and I've kinda grown them together and I was thinking of doing something similar.

Unfortunately I lost the smaller croutons, they died after about a week.
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This is a pic of some of the sections of crouton I lost.
You can see here this still has the red crouton in pot. This part was crushed! There are 2 taller croutons that didn't get hit. There more yellow and green. Gratefully they are doing great and didn't take a hit!
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Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
Nov 26, 2017 12:19 PM CST
I think those pots are doing very well. Smiling Perhaps you can find some small crotons at HD for about $3.49 each. There are usually several varieties available most of the time. Your yucca with the vinca vine is very pretty! I might have to buy some vinca to put in with some of my taller plants. Green Grin!

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