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Re: plumeria cuttings

Hello my friend Noreen. I hope you and your family are well.

I was a member for a short time of the Plumeria Society and was following their instructions when I rooted my first plumies. It is said that if they flower they are taking energy away from the areas of the plant that are required to make roots and leaves. Mine actually did produce flowers before leaves and I did whack them off. Sure enough very soon after that I had leaves coming in and they have been producing every since.

So, what would have happened if I had not done that? Not sure. Perhaps nothing but that's what I was told by the "experts" and it worked for me so I am passing along their wisdom.

----- Original Message ----- From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2005 4:23 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] plumeria cuttings

May I add please, that when you take the cutting of the plumeria...let it
harden off. If you don't, it will rot for sure. You can keep a plumeria
cutting for days or weeks even, if not longer before planting.

I personally have never heard of cutting off a bloom stalk that is produced
on a cutting, David. May I ask the reasoning behind this??? I have heard
this on other plants, but never a plumeria. I have seen several cuttings
bloom, and root nicely despite having bloomed. I have had cuttings that bloomed
right away, then didn't bloom again for a couple years, but did fine.

On a personal note, Andrea, I would take the larger plumeria. Would take a
while to grow the cutting back up to a nice size, and if it rots you have
nothing. I'd take the large one, they are super easy to overwinter, if they
aren't the evergreen type...I have friends in cold winter regions that just wrap
the thing in burlap and shove it under a bed or in the basement.
If you do plan on leaving the larger plumeria, make several cuttings before
you move, that way you have it fairly well rooted or can take more if those
don't work.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 8/20/2005 11:02:22 PM Central Standard Time,
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

I have a couple of Plumeria that I have been growing for a few years now.
Take the cutting, sink it deep enough so that it stands on it's own. Water
it in once and then don't water again until you see leaves. If the cutting
produces flowers before leaves you should cut the flower stalk off.
Plumeria have very fine roots and overwatering the cutting will rot it
before it has a chance to root.

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