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Re: Jim-Plumeria

Andrea, I agree with Jim.  I'd suggest  waiting until spring,  though, to 
pot up the cuttings.  I'd keep them stored in a dry place over  the winter, 
and then pot them up.  It will be easier to store them over the  winter, 
since they won't have a chance to really put on roots before going  dormant 
anyway, and you won't have the extra potted plants to over  winter.   Make sure 
they aren't some place that will freeze  though.   If you have more than one 
color, use a magic marker to write  the first letter of the color on the 
plant. I think Jim taught me to do  this, if I'm not mistaken.  It really 
helps.  Dormant the plants all  look alike.......and tags get easily lost.  
FYI, there are quite a few evergreen Plumerias that are on the market more  
now.  One of the most commonly seen, this one in particular has  irregular 
shaped leaves, cultivar name of Bridal bouquet or bridal  something.....have 
heard different ones.  It is white blooming, and easily  distinguished by 
the spade shaped leaves, not oval like most.  If you have  this one, you 
can't treat it like the other Plumerias and just overwinter it in  a dark, dry 
place.....it needs continual light and moisture, although not as  much water 
as during summer.  I made the mistake many years ago, not  knowing it was an 
evergreen, could not figure out why it was the only plumeria  in the 
collection that never made it through the winter.    There  are several others, 
including a Singapore Dwarf, these are not as commonly seen  as the Bridal 
White though.  I've even seen it for sale at Home  Depot.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 9/30/2009 10:00:39 AM Central Daylight Time,  
inlandjim1@q.com writes:

I used  to prune mine [I had three or four] whenever their growth began  
to  annoy me. Yes, they can get quite unruly as they get older and   
larger. I doubt it will send the plant into dormancy. The first  thing  
I would do with the cuttings is stop the bleeding--they bleed  like  
crazy. You can use almost any fine material, like peat moss,  for that;  
I used RooTone because it has a fungicide in it. Then,  like a cactus  
cutting, I'd just let them rest in the shade for a  week or so until  
the cut heals. Then I'd pot them up. They'll root  pretty quickly. You  
can also store them in a cool place--one of the  vegetable drawers in  
the fridge or in a bucket of sawdust in the  garage--for a long time;  
just keep them dry so they don't rot. The  ones that you see for sale  
at flower shows have been dipped in some  kind of water-soluble wax,  
probably the same stuff they treat  supermarket apples with. They seem  
to last  forever.

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